Amid the speedy unfold of the novel coronavirus which has killed almost 5,000 individuals on the planet, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk seems to be dancing to his personal tune, underplaying the hazard from the risk again and again.
In a memo to SpaceX staff on Friday, Musk stated that they had been far much less prone to die from COVID-19 than automotive crashes, BuzzFeed News reported.
Musk added within the e-mail that he doesn’t suppose COVID-19 is “within the top 100 health risks in the United States”.
In the US, over 1,600 confirmed circumstances of the novel coronavirus have been reported, whereas greater than 40 individuals have died because of the illness brought on by the virus.
According to a report in The New York Times that cited an estimate by well being officers, if the unfold of the novel coronavirus is just not contained quickly, between 160 million and 214 million Americans could turn into contaminated within the worst case state of affairs.
This is just not the primary time Musk has underplayed the hazard from COVID-19.
In a tweet final week he stated that “the coronavirus panic is dumb.”
It’s not that he didn’t clarify why he thought so. In replies to a Twitter consumer’s query, he stated that each the virality of COVID-19 and fatality charge are overstated.
“Virality of C19 is overstated due to conflating diagnosis date with contraction date & over-extrapolating exponential growth, which is never what happens in reality. Keep extrapolating & virus will exceed mass of known universe,” the tech billionaire reasoned.
“Fatality rate also greatly overstated. Because there are so few test kits, those who die with respiratory symptoms are tested for C19, but those with minor symptoms are usually not. Prevalence of coronaviruses & other colds in general population is very high,” Musk stated.
However, in view of the worldwide unfold of the coronavirus, the World Health Organization has already declared it a pandemic.
Globally, coronavirus has contaminated over 132,500 individuals in 123 international locations.