Bill Gates: Coronavirus numbers will likely plateau by month's end if we quarantine 'well enough'

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates said Sunday that while the coronavirus pandemic was a “nightmare scenario,” continued social distancing measures would likely flatten the virus’s trajectory by the end of April.

"If we had kept on going to work, traveling like we were, that curve would never bend until you’d had the majority of people infected," Gates said on “Fox News Sunday.”

"We’ve had to use quarantine, which is an old thing back from the days of the plague, as our primary tool," he added. "Fortunately, if we use that well enough, we should by the end of this month start to see those numbers level off."

Asked by host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceAbbott promises to hire Border Patrol agents punished by Biden administration DHS secretary says Haitian migrant crisis is 'nothing new' Yarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed MORE about federal projections of between 100,000 and 240,000 eventual deaths in the U.S., Gates said, “If we do the social distancing properly, we should be able to get out of this with the death numbers well short of that.”

“It’s very important that those numbers are out there because a lot of people are still thinking, ‘Hey, isn’t life normal?’ not waking up every day to a completely new reality,” he added.

Gates also said National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony FauciAnthony FauciTrump on what would prevent 2024 bid: 'I guess a bad call from a doctor' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Indivior — CDC panel approves boosters for some, but not based on jobs Fauci: 'Worst time' for a government shutdown is in middle of pandemic MORE was “doing a very good job of saying, ‘The numbers are what count here’” and noted that while there is reason to believe the virus may recur in the fall, that could buy time to develop treatments and eventually a vaccine.

“Things won’t go back to truly normal until we have a vaccine that we’ve gotten to basically the entire world,” he added, noting that, as was the case in China, there would likely first be a “partial opening up.”

“Some jobs will resume, school will partially resume, but we’ll have to be very, very careful not to have the rebound until the vaccine comes,” he added.