If you had been hoping to host Microsoft’s co-founder, Bill Gates, or expected to score an invitation to his own social functions, you are out of luck as the famous first Microsoft CEO is canceling most of his holiday plans. And you have omicron to blame for it.
The billionaire who often uses his GatesNotes blog to update the world about his private affairs decided to unload on Twitter in a series of tweets. It turns out Gates has been struggling this year, just like the rest of us with more modest bank account balances.
However, the omicron variant threatens to turn Gates’ world upside down during these holidays. Apparently, Gates likes to get around friends and family during this period. But with omicron in town, it is looking impossible.
Gates revealed that his friends had contracted the virus.
“Just when it seemed like life would return to normal, we could be entering the worst part of the pandemic. Omicron will hit home for all of us. Close friends of mine now have it, and I’ve canceled most of my holiday plans.”
Despite being at the forefront of promoting vaccination, Gates admitted he doesn’t know much about the omicron variant, although experts are baffled as well. But he projects the omicron surge might be the worst yet.
“The big unknown is how sick omicron makes you. We need to take it seriously until we know more about it. Even if it’s only half as severe as delta, it will be the worst surge we have seen so far because it’s so infectious.”
As usual, Gates urges everybody to take precautions against the virus. He encouraged his followers and other readers to wear masks, shun large indoor gatherings, and get the vaccination, including booster shots where appropriate.
Gates admit vaccinated people can still get infected, but the vaccine will protect them from the most severe effects of the virus.
However, Gates has a positive outlook for 2022. He believes the omicron wave could go away quickly due to the fast rate with which it spreads, and we could see the end of omicron in less than three months.
“If there’s good news here, it’s that omicron moves so quickly that once it becomes dominant in a country, the wave there should last less than 3 months. Those few months could be bad, but I still believe if we take the right steps, the pandemic can be over in 2022.”
Meanwhile, Gates has revealed earlier how tough 2021 has been for him. Apart from the stress of the pandemic, his personal life has been upended by several events, most notably his divorce from his former wife of 27 years, Melinda French Gates. The two finalized their annulment in August after announcing their separation in May. The two continue to work on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Wall Street Journal also reported on the scandal that led him to step down from the company’s board. He allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a Microsoft employee while still married to Melinda.
Gates has also become a home-alone dad after his daughter Jennifer married in October. His other children, Phoebe and Rory at in college. Reflecting on the year, Gates wrote, “I miss having them [his children] at home, even if it is easier to focus on reading a book or getting work done these days. It’s been a strange and disorienting experience. My personal world has never felt smaller than it did over the last 12 months.”
We understand, Gates. Hang in there.