Asserting that the Omicron variant is spreading faster than any virus in history, the billionaire and Microsoft co-founder said the big unknown remains how sick the Omicron variant can make you.
“We need to take it seriously until we know more about it. Even if it’s only half as severe as Delta, it will be the worst surge we have seen so far because it’s so infectious,” Gates said.
Gates also expects the wave to last three months in the United States. “Those few months could be bad, but I still believe if we take the right steps, the pandemic can be over in 2022,” Gates said.Covid-19 cases in the United States are rising: The country averaged more than 148,000 new cases a day over the last week, 23% higher than a week ago and back to levels last seen in mid-September, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
More than 69,700 Covid-19 patients were in US hospitals on Wednesday — a number that’s been trending up since it dipped to…