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Bill Gates says there are 4 big lessons from the Spanish Flu that we should heed during the coronavirus pandemic

Bill Gates says there are 4 big lessons from the Spanish Flu that we should heed during the coronavirus pandemic

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, speaks at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City, U.S., September 20, 2017.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, speaks at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City, U.S., September 20, 2017.

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  • Bill Gates recommended the book “The Great Influenza” as part of his summer reading list. The book chronicles the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic that resulted in 50 million deaths worldwide.

  • Gates said he re-read the book for advice on handling the current pandemic, and came away with four key recommendations.

  • He said that leadership matters, sugarcoating bad news won’t help anyone, and philanthropic efforts are more important now than ever before.

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Bill Gates just released his annual summer reading picks, and this year his list included a pandemic-related book that the Microsoft founder said could offer advice for how to confront the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2004 book, “The Great Influenza” by John M. Barry, is an account of the 1918 Spanish flu

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Spanish ambulance workers fear virus rebound

Spanish ambulance workers fear virus rebound

MADRID (AP) — For the first time in weeks, Dr. Mónica Rodríguez has found some respite. But even as she enjoys card games and magic tricks at her ambulance team’s base in Madrid, the emergency doctor is not letting her guard down.

Her team is only catching its breath before the next urgent call comes in, whether coronavirus-related or not.

“The virus is out there and will remain. It’s not going to disappear,” Dr. Rodríguez said during an AP photographer’s recent visit with the team.

After helping to flatten one of Europe’s sharpest contagion curves in the coronavirus pandemic, exhausted ambulance workers in Madrid fear that a resurgence in infections could mean another frantic period on the front line.

“We fear a rebound,” Dr. Rodríguez said as Spain takes its first steps to phase out a strict 7-week confinement after roughly 27,000 reported coronavirus fatalities. “Unfortunately, people are not taking

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Gareth Bale, Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid

Spanish FA propose five substitutions when La Liga resumes

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has officially announced it will propose the possibility of allowing teams to make five substitutions per game if football returns in the country.

The measure, which had previously been suggested by FIFA, would be introduced in order to help teams better manage player fitness after a long period away from the game.

A statement from the RFEF said the changes could be made at three points in each match, in order to lessen the impact of a potential 10 substitutions would have on running down the clock.

The measure, which would be introduced in the event of La Liga being able to resume play, is now pending approval from the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the international body which oversees the laws of the game.

The statement confirmed that RFEF president Luis Rubiales had communicated the idea to La Liga chief Javier Tebas, who indicated

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Spanish couple hold wedding from their window to beat coronavirus lockdown

Spanish couple hold wedding from their window to beat coronavirus lockdown

Nearly a year of planning had gone into the day: fresh flowers filled the venue, name cards sat at each of the 190 place settings and the final nips and tucks had been sewn into the bridal gown.

Related: Coronavirus: the week the world shut down

What Alba Díaz and Daniel Camino hadn’t anticipated, however, was that their wedding would instead be forced into the confines of Spain’s near-total lockdown, with the bride and groom shouting “I do” as they leaned out of their apartment window, neighbours cheering them on.

The improvised ceremony was a bright moment in an otherwise grim week across Spain and around the world. Coronavirus has tightened its grip on Spain, claiming more than 1,000 lives and sending the number of confirmed cases rocketing to nearly 20,000.

Last week, as they watched the number of Spanish cases climb, Díaz and Camino wrestled with the decision of

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