Elon Musk isn’t taking the coronavirus seriously. While much of the US is sheltering in place and many companies are urging their workers to stay home to avoid spreading the virus, Musk ordered Tesla factory workers in Freemont, California, to report to work despite a shelter in place order from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. That’s not all!
Last night, Musk drew the ire of thousands of Twitter users by declaring he could use his great wealth and factories to make more ventilators, a medical device that patients badly in the grips of coronavirus need to assist with breathing, a medical device that experts warn the US is woefully lacking as the virus ramps up in the States. However, Musk doesn’t see the need to get a move on there. On Twitter, he declared, “We will make ventilators if there is a shortage.”
We will make ventilators if there is a shortage— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 19, 2020
That said, danger of panic still far exceeds danger of corona imo. If we over-allocate medical resources to corona, it will come at expense of treating other illnesses. Track graph at bottom of this page: https://t.co/7nWKjiZyFn— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 17, 2020
That sh*t is going to get people killed. So he was promptly dragged by Twitter users, including the divine Bette Midler.
Start yesterday! There is a widely reported shortage…globally. And thank you!— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) March 19, 2020
No what he should be getting dragged for is this: pic.twitter.com/OD4yn3auHP— Ioana (@ibflorea) March 19, 2020
I own a Tesla and think your plans for Mars are visionary. Be a visionary here too. I'm also a cancer doctor and see what is coming for our hospitals - completely overrun with critically ill patients that far outstrip our ventilator capacity.— Jason Westin, MD (@DrJasonWestin) March 19, 2020
There is a shortage RIGHT THE FUCK NOW pic.twitter.com/JVmgTJOhND— Andrew Wortman (@AmoneyResists) March 19, 2020
Ok then start.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) March 19, 2020
Doesn't take a rocket science to know there is a shortage and will continue to be a shortage. Don't make a statement to get praises for your thoughts about something that is obvious. Just do it if you mean it.— Sir Xster (@SirXster) March 19, 2020
There is a shortage.— Kayrosis🌺🧢🔮🖖☂️≥ 😷STAY THE F HOME!😷 (@Kayrosis) March 19, 2020
Start making Ventilators Elon, the sooner the betterhttps://t.co/uzLuowDNS8
Just like how you totally, definitely fixed Flint's water supply, right?— Cat Zero (@Catzeroty) March 19, 2020
@elonmusk:— JaneDoe (@Caerage) March 19, 2020
Trust me, an Emergency Physician, when I say there is a shortage of ventilators. The #TrumpAdministration is failing us and our patients. Your help would be greatly appreciated.#BAFERD #COVID19
This. This right here. For christ's sake, don't make ventilators; offer your capabilities to companies who already have FDA-approved ventilators so they can make more FDA-approved ventilators.— Stay Home, Stop Hoarding (@Hamlet) March 19, 2020
Life comes at you pretty fast.https://t.co/zItONJ9hTU— Your Friendly Neighborhood Curve Flattener (@Maxtropolitan) March 19, 2020
He's waiting for demand to go up so he can charge more.— Toss a coin to your gamer. (@ShieldViking) March 19, 2020
I’m legit sitting here thinking about growing my own crops to plan for a New Depression and this guy is tweeting like he just woke up from a six month nap— Josh Raby (@JoshRaby) March 19, 2020
It would be fantastic if the public didn’t have to publicly kiss the asses of billionaires to get more respirators made.— MZS (@mattzollerseitz) March 19, 2020
Update: New York City’s mayor has reached out directly and asked Musk to make ventilators for his city. We await the response of Musk.
@elonmusk New York City is buying!— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 19, 2020
Our country is facing a drastic shortage and we need ventilators ASAP — we will need thousands in this city over the next few weeks. We’re getting them as fast as we can but we could use your help!
We’re reaching out to you directly.
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