Tesla CEO Elon Musk Thinks Panic Over Coronavirus is 'dumb'Read'
Coronavirus scare has gripped the world. Despite a claimed mortality rate of less than 1% (which is lesser than some of the previous pandemics but not less deadly) there is no denying the spread of the virus from China-- its country of origin-- to far-flung places in the world, owing to infected travellers. With over 3,000 reported deaths and more than a million people infected, the new viral threat has caused widespread panic. Tesla CEO Elon Musk made a controversial tweet recently regarding the Coronavirus scare. According to him, the panic over Coronavirus is 'dumb'.
Over 3,400 people have died due to Coronavirus, a vast majority of them in China. Worldwide, the total number of Coronavirus cases was 101,492 on Saturday.
Musk's own company Tesla had to briefly shut manufacturing in China due to the measures adopted to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
While Musk found support in some of his followers, others found the tweet quite problematic.
"Elon this is not a good tweet. People are still not taking proper steps. You are a man of science. Can I set up a call with some scientists to help change your mind?," Bruce Fenton, CEO Chainstone Labs tweeted.
The death toll in the US due to the Coronavirus outbreak rose to 17 on Friday.
"I'm totally amazed that somebody who owns a company where employees can't work from home would call taking steps to protect workplaces from a highly-infectious disease 'dumb'," said another Twitter users.
"Hope you go through puberty soon," said another.
Musk comments came even as Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gate has written about the importance of finding a solution to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
"By helping countries in Africa and South Asia get ready now, we can save lives and also slow the global circulation of the virus," Gates said.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in February announced that it would immediately commit up to $100 million for the global response to the novel Coronavirus.
Gates warned that COVID-19 will be much harder to contain than Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which were much less efficiently transmitted.