The most well known individual to have made predictions on this virus is the cofounder of the Microsoft corporation. Although he began his career as a computer developer and programmer, he has devoted the last 20 years to health and medicine. In a recent interview with the Financial Times, a famous newspaper that emphasises on business and economic news, Bill Gates warns society that outbreaks will happen around every 20 years. Gates explains that individuals of society are now travelling much more often than people of other centuries, and is causing great risk of spreading viruses and infectious diseases. Human contact between individuals of different backgrounds is at its peak during travel, and causes people with different immunities to exchange bacteria that many bodies are not used to.
Furthermore, in a TED talk that took place in 2015, Gates states that the world is not prepared for the pandemic ahead, based on the effects of the Ebola virus crisis in 2014. He was certainly accurate in his predictions, due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak attacking the world economy and filling hospitals to maximum capacities with lack of supplies. Prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, very little investments were made towards a pandemic safety plan. In the same TED talk, Gates stated that “the failure to prepare could allow the next epidemic to be dramatically more devastating than Ebola”. Once again, this world known business man is accurate in his predictions about the present pandemic.
Further evidence of his predictions is seen in a discussion about epidemics in 2018, where Bill Gates suggested a pandemic will occur within the following decade. Gates prediction happened within the next 2 years, further proving his prediction accuracy.