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Elon Musk Dragged By Twitter Users For Blasé Comments About Coronavirus

By Kristy Puchko | Celebrity | March 19, 2020 |

By Kristy Puchko | Celebrity | March 19, 2020 |


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.”

It’s not a matter of “if,” it’s when. John Oliver has said it. The New York Times has said it. But Musk feels there’s nothing to fear but panic.

That sh*t is going to get people killed. So he was promptly dragged by Twitter users, including the divine Bette Midler.

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.

Source: Engadget, Engadget

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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