On Tuesday, Microsoft founder Bill Gates urged the Trump administration to call for a nationwide shutdown in an op-ed he penned for the Washington Post on Tuesday.
“Despite urging from public health experts, some states and counties haven’t shut down completely,” Gates wrote. “In some states, beaches are still open; in others, restaurants still serve sit-down meals. This is a recipe for disaster. Because people can travel freely across state lines, so can the virus.”
Gates went on to explain that until the numbers of coronavirus cases start to go down all across the country, which he believes will take at least 10 weeks the entire country should be shutdown.
During the op-ed, he also wrote that getting more testing for the virus was vital. He was hopeful that a vaccine could be discovered in less than 18 months.
Right now, 30 states have issued stay-at-home orders, Most states are maintaining social-distancing measures.
During a recent interview Gates stated that ‘there really is no middle ground, and it’s very tough to say to people, “Hey, keep going to restaurants, go buy new houses, [and] ignore that pile of bodies over in the corner’”
Back in February, the Gates Foundation donated $100 million to assist in the battle against the spread of coronavirus. That donation came after already committing $10 million in January when the outbreak first began in the United States.
On Tuesday during a coronavirus press briefing Donald Trump told Americans that they should brace for a “rough two- week period” as he shared a grim prediction that as many as 240,000 Americans could die from the coronavirus.
“I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead,” Trump stated. “We’re going to go through a very tough two weeks.”