California: At a time when the entire world is in a panic mode due to coronavirus, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent a memo to his employees underplaying the dangers of the virus. In a memo to SpaceX employees on Friday, Musk said that they were far less likely to die from COVID-19 than car crashes, BuzzFeed News reported. Also Read - Elon Musk Faces Flak on Twitter For Calling Panic Over Coronavirus 'Dumb'
Musk also added in the email that he does not think COVID-19 is within the top 100 health risks in the United States. However, contrary to his ‘thoughts’, in the US, over 1,600 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported, while more than 40 people have died due to the disease caused by the virus. Also Read - Watch | Elon Musk Seen Riding The Cybertruck Along With Jay Leno, Video Goes Viral
Well, this is not the first time Musk has underplayed the danger from COVID-19. In a tweet last week he said that “the coronavirus panic is dumb.” Also Read - Tesla CEO Elon Musk Takes Internet by Storm With Dance Moves 'Like an Egyptian'
In replies to a Twitter user’s question, he said that both the virality of COVID-19 and fatality rate are overstated.
“Virality of C19 is overstated due to conflating diagnosis date with contraction date & over-extrapolating exponential growth, which is never what happens in reality. Keep extrapolating & virus will exceed mass of known universe,” the tech billionaire reasoned.
“Fatality rate also greatly overstated. Because there are so few test kits, those who die with respiratory symptoms are tested for C19, but those with minor symptoms are usually not. Prevalence of coronaviruses & other colds in general population is very high,” Musk said.
According to a New York Times report, if the spread of the novel coronavirus is not contained soon, between 160 million and 214 million Americans may become infected in the worst case scenario.