Bill Gates warned the world in 2015. (Virus Timeline with updates here) Several “shelter in place” laws are going into effect in California and elsewhere. They will likely mean that by law you may only be in out public for essential things like food shopping. In Mendocino County, at this time, exercise is also a valid reason to be outdoors, so you can still take walks and walk your dog, but if you go with a friend, a 6 foot social distance is required. There is already a public health order prohibiting nonessential gatherings of 10 to 50 people without following all covid-19 mitigation steps, and prohibiting all nonessential public and private gatherings of 50 or more people.
Five years ago in March of 2015 Microsoft founder Bill Gates gave a TED talk that predicted a deadly virus killing over 10 million people in the next two decades. Now on March 18, 2020 the death toll for Covid-19 is currently over 8,200 with over 200,000 confirmed positive by testing. Given the rapid spread and deadly nature of this microbe, could it claim that many lives world wide before it is stopped? Lets hope not.
Here is Bill’s TED talk from March 2015.
In 2015 Bill Gates said we are not ready for a big virus outbreak. Given the experiences in other countries with this Covid19 virus, it is still true in the US in 2020. There aren’t enough tests. There aren’t enough hospital beds and there aren’t enough ventilators in intensive care units. If too many people get sick too quickly, many will die that could have been saved. This explains the shelter in place laws and curfews being implemented.
Mendocino County has been closely monitoring the recent Shelter-In-Place Orders issued yesterday in a coordinated effort by the big 6 Bay Area counties (San Francisco, Marin, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Contra Costa and Alameda). Tonight with the addition of Sonoma County’s Shelter-In-Place Order, County Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan has decided to issue a local order in alignment with our region. The Bay Area joint order, which can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2IOHTtR, restricts non-essential activities outside the home. The Mendocino County Shelter-In-Place Order will reflect the rural nature of our County. (MendoCounty)
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