Seattle may soon have a Bill Gates-funded at-home coronavirus test

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Going to the doctor to get tested risks spreading the virus. Building off work they’ve funded to create an at-home flu test, the Gates Foundation and the Seattle Flu study are trying to make it work for coronavirus, as well. In the Seattle area, where dozens of people have tested positive for the new coronavirus and hundreds more may be infected and not know it, a new project funded by Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation could soon begin rolling out test kits that people can use at home. Read Full Story

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This Bill Gates-backed program in Seattle is sending at-home COVID tests to anyone who wants one

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The Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network is trying to get a true sense of the spread of infection among asymptomatic people without forcing people to expose healthcare workers or themselves. Coronavirus testing in the U.S. still lags behind other countries, and most of the tests that happen now go to those with symptoms—so we still have little sense of how many people are truly infected. (By some estimates, as many as 50% of those with COVID-19 may not have symptoms, and many others with mild symptoms are also unlikely to be tested.) Read Full Story

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The Gates Foundation is giving $1.6 billion to ensure people get all the other vaccines they need too

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The donation will help ensure that diseases such as polio, yellow fever, and measles don’t spread as the world focuses attention and funding on the coronavirus. As the Gates Foundation works to help pharmaceutical companies scale up factories to make a COVID-19 vaccine before a vaccine is ready—knowing that’s the only way we will be prepared to quickly make enough doses for the entire world—it’s also trying to ensure that existing vaccines such as those for polio and measles don’t fall behind because of the pandemic. Read Full Story

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A horrifying report says flattening the curve may not be enough—but there are reasons it might be wrong

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A report from Imperial College arguing many months of extreme social distancing is the only solution has people panicking. But there are reasons to think it’s way too pessimistic. As the coronavirus crisis grows, some cities are taking extreme steps to slow it down, including cities in the Bay Area, where residents now have to shelter in place for 21 days, venturing outside only for essentials such as buying groceries. But a new paper , not yet peer-reviewed, suggests that even that might not be enough to prevent later surges in cases that will overwhelm hospitals. Until a vaccine exists—perhaps as long as 18 months from now—the study says that life might have to radically change, with repeated periods of “social distancing” to stop the spread of the disease. But many others, including Bill Gates, argue that the new paper is too pessimistic. Read Full Story

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This new model is predicting COVID outbreaks in 5 new hotspots

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According to Urban Footprint, which is combining economic data and information from connected thermometers, areas of Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Texas, and Washington are heading into dangerous territory. Using smart thermometers that collect data about where people have fevers, it’s possible to estimate how many of those fevers might be due to COVID-19—and predict hotspots before patients go to the doctor for coronavirus tests. A new analysis uses that data to map out where cases may soon spike. Read Full Story

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Bill Gates says the U.S. is ‘not even close’ to doing enough to fight COVID-19

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“The governor of North Dakota, a friend of mine, had to say, ‘Please don’t be mean to people wearing a mask,’ which kind of blows the mind,” Gates said. Bill Gates has issued a grave warning that the United States is “not even close” to doing enough to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Gates made the statement on a CNN Coronavirus Town Hall last night . It was Gates’s first appearance on the show in eight weeks—and in that time, things have gone from bad to worse in America. Read Full Story

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Thomas Piketty thinks the philanthropy of billionaires can help ‘pauperize’ poor countries

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In this excerpt from his new book, ‘Capital and Ideology,’ the esteemed economist whose writing has galvanized the global debate about inequality takes aim at tech moguls like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg and the “philanthropic illusion.” Today’s meritocratic ideology glorifies entrepreneurs and billionaires. At times this glorification seems to know no bounds. Some people seem to believe that Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg single-handedly invented computers, books, and friends. One can get the impression that they can never be rich enough and that the humble people of the earth can never thank them enough for all the benefits they have brought. To defend them, sharp lines are drawn between the wicked Russian oligarchs and the nice entrepreneurs from Seattle and Silicon Valley, while all criticism is forgotten: their quasi-monopolistic behavior is ignored as are the legal and tax breaks they are granted and the public …

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