Elon Musk is a Public Health Risk – Futurism

Elon Musk is a Public Health Risk – Futurism

Elon Musk
During practically every stage of the coronavirus pandemic, Elon Musk — one of the world’s leading technologists, innovators, and entrepreneurs — has truly run the range on his most half-baked impulses. And each time, they fall somewhere between “annoying” and “outright dangerous on a Trumpian scale.”The latest, Business Insider reports, was when Musk (who’s not a medical expert) started sharing his opinions on medical masks that contradict recommendations and best practices doled out by (yes) actual medical experts.Specifically, Musk tweeted that N95 medical masks “are a pain to wear btw. Less onerous masks are better most of the time.”We’ll try to get & deliver as many as possible.
N95 masks are a pain to wear btw. Less onerous masks are better most of the time.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 23, 2020 Musk seems to be referring to surgical masks, which might help a person who’s caught COVID-19 stop their germs from spreading to others. However, BI correctly notes that basic surgical masks do very little to protect the wearer themself. Meanwhile, an N95 mask can stop 95 percent of airborne particles traveling in both directions — and they’re the exact kind of mask that people with actual expertise recommend health workers wear ....


But to help everyone keep track, we’ve put together a non-exhaustive highlight reel:Elon denied it.
On March 6, Elon tweeted, verbatim, “The coronavirus panic is dumb.” As of press time, COVID-19 has killed nearly 16, 000 globally.Elon kept people working. A global business leader, Musk could’ve taken the opportunity to close his operations early. Instead, he petulantly fought authorities until the police stepped in.Elon offered to make ventilators. Musk said that he would pivot to manufacturing ventilators if there were a shortage (note: there is). .

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