Amid the speedy unfold of the novel coronavirus which has killed practically 5,000 folks on the earth, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk seems to be dancing to his personal tune, underplaying the hazard from the menace again and again.
Musk added within the e mail that he doesn’t assume COVID-19 is “throughout the high 100 well being dangers within the United States”.
In the US, over 1,600 confirmed instances of the novel coronavirus have been reported, whereas greater than 40 folks have died because of the illness attributable to 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 shouldn’t be contained quickly, between 160 million and 214 million Americans might change into contaminated within the worst case situation.
This shouldn’t be 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 person’s query, he stated that each the virality of COVID-19 and fatality charge are overstated.
“Virality of C19 is overstated on account of conflating prognosis date with contraction date & over-extrapolating exponential progress, which isn’t what occurs in actuality. Keep extrapolating & virus will exceed mass of recognized universe,” the tech billionaire reasoned.
“Fatality charge additionally drastically overstated. Because there are so few take a look at kits, those that die with respiratory signs are examined for C19, however these with minor signs are often not. Prevalence of coronaviruses & different colds normally inhabitants may be very excessive,” 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 folks in 123 nations.