This timeline reflects Gates' previous comments on the steps other countries should take to contain the virus. That was exactly what Bill Gates, in 2015, it predicted, "the next virus will be able to well enough to feel comfortable, as they're contagious, so you can make a plane or go to a local market".
Gates says that he would emphasize that to do this is not going to be easy, and ensure that such message is loud and clear for everyone to appreciate.
Earler, in a 2015 TED Talk, Gates explained how the US wasn't ready for the next epidemic.
Asked to reflect on this warning and whether he felt it was heeded, he said: 'Basically no. I was hopeful that with Zika, Ebola and SARS and MERS, they all reminded us particularly in a world where people move around so much, you can get huge devastation. Sadly, very little was done, ' Gates recalls. It's scary for everyone'.
Gates said many countries had got their testing strategy wrong.
The actual United States president Donald Trump has advocated reopening businesses by Easter Sunday to help the tanking USA economy but several medical experts have cautioned that could be too early to stop the spread of the coronavirus. "We need a clear message about that". "I would love to have the country opened up, and rarin' to go by Easter". Tony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Deborah Birx, who is coordinating the day-to-day response on the coronavirus.
It should also be noted that the actions taken in fighting COVID-19 are far more severe than those implemented a decade ago during the swine flu epidemic of 2009. "I think the most important thing to discuss today is that in the area of test, we're still not creating that capacity and applying it to the people most in need, and so we have health workers who are symptomatic who can't get a test, and so they don't know, should they go in or not go in, and yet we have lots of tests who being given to people who are not symptomatic".
Why it matters: It's the latest sign of how the coronavirus is sapping attention from other priorities in the near-term, while the long-term effect on global warming policy is harder to game out.
This wasn't the first time Gates has sounded the alarm.
Bill Gates believes that the number of new infections will start to go down after 20 days but people should still continue to isolate themselves at least six weeks.