Elon Musk Says Panic About Coronavirus, Which Has Killed Over 3,400, Is "Dumb"

It probably wouldn't be a global news item if the world's greatest genius-cum subsidy addict-cum securities fraudster didn't weigh in with his two cents about it on Twitter. Such was the case with Elon Musk and the ongoing coronavirus saga Friday. Musk, perhaps annoyed that the fatal virus was stealing his spotlight, or perhaps finally coming to terms with the harsh reality that a recession could wind up finally being the straw that breaks his camel's back, just had to opine about coronavirus on Friday - and, of course, it had to stand at odds with what everything the global health community has said.

As doctors globally speak out about how healthcare systems are wildly unprepared for the coming pandemic - with Italian doctors urging the rest of the world to hunker down and the U.S. healthcare system reportedly preparing for millions of cases, the world's favorite non-doctor, non-physicist, non-engineer but-somehow-still-a-genius thought as hard as he could and forced out one of his biggest brain farts yet on Twitter on Friday, simply saying "The coronavirus panic is dumb".

Alas, Musk's tweeterpretation of events stands at odds with people who actually know what they're talking about, despite garnering over a million likes in a little over 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the novel coronavirus has reached pandemic levels, has infected over 100 people in Musk's home state of California, has infected nearly 100,000 people globally and has killed more than 3,400 people. As major Silicon Valley players like Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon all have confirmed at least one employee has tested positive, Musk's interpretation of the events simply stands at odds with reality. Which, we guess, is what we should be used to with Musk at this point anyway.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus isn't "dumb" enough for Tesla to not use it as a crutch when their inevitably poor numbers start rolling in during subsequent quarters. "Tesla has acknowledged that the coronavirus outbreak may have a material adverse impact on its business," CNBC said Friday.

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Katy Lin 2 months ago Member's comment

The flu does kill more people.

Covert Investigator 2 months ago Member's comment

The flu isn't nearly as bad. Some years it kills as few as 3000 annually (www.webmd.com/.../how-many-people-die-from-the-flu)

Plus, we have no vaccine for the flu, people know they have the flu and tend to stay in bed, and Covid-19 is far more contagious.

Michele Grant 2 months ago Member's comment

I have lost so much respect for #ElonMusk and his irresponsible tweets. Quite frankly, it was dumb to say #coronavirus is dumb.

Craig Newman 2 months ago Member's comment

#Musk is not wrong. Granted, the way the world works that message will probably destroy my calls this week. But, he is not wrong