Some Americans Believe in Bill Gates’ Alleged Involvement in COVID-19 Plot, Poll Shows

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Anti-vaccine campaigners have repeatedly accused Bill Gates of being involved in conspiracy theories pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic. The Microsoft co-founder, meanwhile, has contributed millions of dollars to the development of a COVID-19 vaccine and testing, as part of global efforts to fight the virus. More than 40% of self-described Republicans and Fox News viewers believe in a conspiracy theory that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates plans to use a future COVID-19 vaccine in order to implant microchips in billions of people and monitor their movements, a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll has revealed. Some 26% of respondents, however, rejected the theory as false, and 31% more said that they were not sure. They were echoed by 45% of independents, 52% of Democrats, and 63% of people who say they voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US presidential election, stating that they don’t believe in the vaccine conspiracy theory, especially Gates’ alleged involvement in it, according to the poll. The survey also found that only half of Americans are ready to get vaccinated “if and when a coronavirus vaccine becomes available”. Twenty-three percent of respondents said that they would not do so, with 27% admitting that they were still sitting on the fence…

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Definition of COVID19 from Wikipedia

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).[10] It was first identified in December 2019 in WuhanChina, and has since spread globally, resulting in an ongoing pandemic.[11][12] As of 23 May 2020, more than 5.22 million cases have been reported across 188 countries and territories, resulting in more than 338,000 deaths. More than 2.06 million people have recovered.[9]

Common symptoms include fevercoughfatigueshortness of breath, and loss of smell and taste.[6][7][13] While the majority of cases result in mild symptoms, some progress to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) likely precipitated by cytokine storm,[14] multi-organ failureseptic shock, and blood clots.[15][16][17] The time from exposure to onset of symptoms is typically around five days but may range from two to fourteen days.[6][18]

The virus is primarily spread between people during close contact,[a] most often via small droplets produced by coughing,[b] sneezing, and talking.[7][19][21] The droplets usually fall to the ground or onto surfaces rather than travelling through air over long distances.[7] Less commonly, people may become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their face.[7][19] It is most contagious during the first three days after the onset of symptoms, although spread is possible before symptoms appear, and from people who do not show symptoms.[7][19] The standard method of diagnosis is by real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) from a nasopharyngeal swab.[22] Chest CT imaging may also be helpful for diagnosis in individuals where there is a high suspicion of infection based on symptoms and risk factors; however, guidelines do not recommend using CT imaging for routine screening.[23][24]

Recommended measures to prevent infection include frequent hand washingmaintaining physical distance from others (especially from those with symptoms), quarantine (especially for those with symptoms), covering coughs, and keeping unwashed hands away from the face.[8][25][26] In addition, the use of a face covering is recommended for those who suspect they have the virus and their caregivers.[27][28] Recommendations for face covering use by the general public vary, with some authorities recommending for them, some recommending against them (to conserve masks for healthcare workers), and others requiring their use.[28][29][30] There is limited evidence for or against the use of masks (medical or other) in healthy individuals in the wider community.[7]

According to the World Health Organization, there are no available vaccines nor specific antiviral treatments for COVID-19.[7] On 1 May 2020, the United States gave Emergency Use Authorization to the antiviral remdesivir for people hospitalized with severe COVID‑19.[31] Management involves the treatment of symptomssupportive careisolation, and experimental measures.[32] The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID‑19 outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)[33][34] on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March 2020.[12] Local transmission of the disease has occurred in most countries across all six WHO regions.[35]

ATTRIBUTION: Wikipedia contributors. “Coronavirus disease 2019.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 23 May. 2020. Web. 23 May. 2020.

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