Musk underplays coronavirus threat in email to employees

Musk underplays coronavirus threat in email to employees

In an email to employees at SpaceX, Elon Musk said their risk of dying from COVID-19 is way lower than it is from being killed in a car accident. ’The risk of death from C19 is vastly less than the risk of death from driving your car home’, Musk wrote, adding that evidence suggests the virus is ’not within the top 100 health risks in the US’. Last week, Musk called the coronavirus panic dumb.

Bob Kimmel
Bob Kimmel 3 weeks

And he's *probably* right. 40k a year die on the road every year. It's not as if Corona isn't a problem, it's just not the apocalypse.

Paul C
Paul C 3 weeks

Musk is smarter than a very large percentage of the US population and understands statistics, so when he says something like this it is based on mathematics not some emotional hope or feeling.

Sigfried 3 weeks

*views sources* OK, so: tech, left tech, and left. and this is only news because they think they can get clicks from panicking leftists. yes, Coronavirus is serious. No, Elongated Musk is likely not wrong in his statistics.

ConcealCarryProtect 3 weeks

Hopefully not in a Tesla car crash.

brad 3 weeks

He's right, you know. in fact, there are at 20 diseases that are more likely to kill you, and a plethora of more commonplace accidents, too.

James Villalobos
James Villalobos 3 weeks

Remember, the proper way to gauge risk of dying is Deaths/(Deaths + Recoveries), which according to current statistics is about 6%. This number will continue to float until all cases have either died or recovered, and we will probably never have full statistics on those who got mild symptoms. However, 6% is the starting point for discussion.

Christian Wagner
Christian Wagner 3 weeks

Elon Musk, go drive from hospital to hospital in northern Italy and tell that to the nurses and doctors there face to face! - With this attitude the US will be like Italy within 4 weeks. - I am amazed, that Elon Musk is able to ignore exponential growth as an engineer...

Up 3 weeks

Isn't the figure like 100 people a day die in auto related accidents. So, yeah. He's right.

elimination chamber
elimination chamber 3 weeks

COVID-19 isn't a problem if your a healthy young adult. so sorry boomers but it is being blown out of proportion for sure.

Per Gunnar
Per Gunnar 3 weeks

He doesn't underplay it. He's telling the truth you dumbasses. Is this site turning just another fake news site?

Jack 3 weeks

He has a higher chance of being struck by lightning than going into a grocery store himself.

Crimson Jester
Crimson Jester 3 weeks

I know people who think he is the real life Tony Stark. All he is, is wealthy. He says dumb things all the time. He doesn't seem that smart.

Andrew 3 weeks

He’s correct, at the moment, but is it the wise thing to say 🤔

KOAN. 3 weeks

if him knocking up a c-grade thot wasn’t enough to lose respect for him, the fact that as an engineer he fails to understand exponential growth should cinch it.

Roxane 3 weeks

This is a germ, a pandemic and highly contagious, Its not comparable to an accident, this guy doesn't care about his employees, he just wants business as usual, the thing about that is, almost each employee will have family, and at least one will be either vulnerable or elderly, his emails are selfish, irresponsible and condescending.

Batman of Clownworld
Batman of Clownworld 3 weeks

This photo is like. If people are too sick to drive they have to use A.I. driven cars mahhahahahhhhahahahhah.

Jim Boi
Jim Boi 3 weeks

It less risky than drive your car home for NOW. Depending on how this evolves Coronavirus could be apocalyptic for some countries. My guess is this could hurt old countries like Japan the worst.

Sir_Kutz 3 weeks

Yeah he’s right, but only because we take shit like this seriously.

❂✞✟☏✆⁍ 3 weeks

over what period? I'm their life, yes. in the next two months: very uncertain. statistics can be misleading, even for Elon. look at the data for yourself.

David O'Doherty
David O'Doherty 3 weeks

I love how those facts are just his quotes lol. "car crashes are a conspiracy man!".

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