Bill Gates predicts a world with fewer business trips

Gates also recognized in the conference held this 17-N his limitations when it comes to predicting behaviors and confessed: “I would not have thought that wearing a mask was going to become so controversial” and neither that the administration of Donald Trump supported such an opinion “wild and extreme” in dealing with the pandemic.

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05:27 PM / 17/11/2020

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates predicted that half of business trips will occur in the post-pandemic world and one third of office hours will disappear, although he acknowledged that he never would have thought that wearing a mask would become the subject of so much controversy.

“My prediction is that more than 50% of business trips and more than 30% of days in the office will disappear,” said the magnate at a conference organized this Tuesday 17-N by The New York Times newspaper.

In his opinion, the justification for making a business trip after the pandemic will be more complicated, after improving the viability of working from home during confinement, although he acknowledged that there will be companies more willing to telework than others.

“We will continue to go to the office in some way, we will continue some business trips, but drastically less,” added Gates, who through his foundation and that of his wife Melinda, promotes the development and distribution of the vaccine to developing economies.

Business travel accounted for about half of US airline revenue before the pandemic and were by far the most profitable travel.

A new labor paradigm could add more problems for a sector that tries to overcome the sharp drop in income with the reduction of air traffic due to the pandemic, which could begin to be resolved with the mass distribution of the vaccine from the second half of 2021.

Gates also recognized in the conference held this 17-N his limitations when it comes to predicting behaviors and confessed: “I would not have thought that wearing a mask was going to become so controversial” and neither that the Donald Trump Administration supported such an opinion “wild and extreme” in dealing with the pandemic.

The mogul also said that anti-mask sentiment is stronger in the United States than in other countries and acknowledged that it is not clear whether this is due to the position taken by the Trump administration or because of the individualistic sentiment of Americans.

The pandemic is out of control in most of the United States and has already left more than 11 million infected and almost a quarter of a million deaths, with many hospitals on the brink of collapse.

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