Bill Gates Says Once Omicron Passes, COVID Will Be ‘Like Seasonal Flu’

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and the philanthropist, using  billions of dollars to fight the presence of malaria in Africa now believes the pandemic wil end after Omicron.  Gates said after Omicron passes, COVID can be treated like the seasonal flu.

During a Twitter Q&A with Devi Sridhar, the chairmna of global health at the University of Edinburgh, Gates, said, “As countries experience their Omicron wave health systems will be challenged. Most of the severe cases will be unvaccinated people. Once Omicron goes through a country then the rest of the year should see far fewer cases so Covid can be treated more like seasonal flu.”

Gates predicted that the currently rapid spread of Omicron will “create a lot of immunity, at least for the next year.”

The Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, which produces COVID-19, has nearly totally displaced the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2.

As reported by The Daily Mail on Tuesday, “Health officials reported Tuesday morning that Omicron now accounts for an estimated 98 percent of COVID cases in the U.S., up from 95 percent last week, and meaning that nearly all cases in the U.S. are of the strain that was only discovered months ago.”

The Daily Mail added that “signs are pointing to the variant slowly losing steam and peaking in the next few weeks, if other former hotspots around the world are any indication.”

Over the last week, the United States has seen an average of 767,000 new cases per day – the highest number of cases seen since the pandemic began in February 2020. B efore Omicron came, the average number of cases was slightly over 235,000, indicating that the number of cases has tripled, according to the Mail.

John Hopkins University statistics allege the number of cases has increased by 27 percent since January 3 with the number of deaths increasing by 12 percent during the same period.

Many scientists are speculating the onset of the Omicron variant may lead to the end of the pandemic. Dr. Mike Tildesley called Omicron “a ray of light.” Speakling with the Times Radio, Tildesley said, “the thing that might happen in the future is you may see the emergence of a new variant that is less severe, and ultimately, in the long term, what happens is Covid becomes endemic and you have a less severe version. It’s very similar to the common cold that we’ve lived with for many years.”

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