“The next deadly disease that will cause a global pandemic is coming” Bill Gates (American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, humanitarian, and principal founder of Microsoft Corporation) said on Friday at a discussion of epidemics. “We’re not ready. An illness like the pandemic 1918 influenza could kill 30 million people within six months, Gates said, adding that the next disease might not even be a flu, but something we’ve never seen. The world should prepare as it does for war” Gates said”.
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A pandemic emerged from Greek word that means πᾶν pan “all” and δῆμος demos “people” is an epidemic of infectious disease that has spread across a large region; for instance, multiple areas, or even worldwide. A pandemic is an epidemic occurring on a scale which crosses international boundaries, usually affecting a large number of people.
According to gizmodo.com Gates, who said he’s typically an optimist when it comes to human progress, said the world and United States in particular are falling behind in “pandemic preparedness.” If there were weapons being built that could kill 30 million people, Gates said, governments would act fast to prepare for them. With biological threats, there is no sense of urgency.
Bill Gates told to his listeners on Friday at a discussion about epidemics hosted by the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England Journal of Medicine.
Gates indicated a simulation by the Institute for Disease Modeling finding that a new flu like the one that killed 50 million people in the 1918 pandemic would, now there is much more probability that it will kill 30 million people within six months.
“In the case of biological threats, that sense of urgency is lacking” …” The world needs to prepare for pandemics in the same serious way it prepares for war” he added.