While Elon has previously argued that at least some tweets shouldn’t be taken seriously, he has provided some helpful follow through in other cases, like the donation of water filtration systems and funding to buy laptops for schools in Flint last year.
The most recent update about the Fremont plant suggested Tesla will, finally reduce headcount at the facility to about 2,500 to help workers maintain social distancing and avoid spreading the disease, and while this may not make up for earlier statements or actions, hopefully it can lead to some help for people in need of it, wherever they are. Tesla isn’t the only automaker with production capacity and expertise of course, and a Reuters report points to Ford and GM discussions with the federal government about equipment production during this outbreak that could include making ventilators.
At the moment, his most recent tweet maintained the stance that “panic” may cause more harm than the virus itself.
Tesla makes cars with sophisticated hvac systems. SpaceX makes spacecraft with life support systems. Ventilators are not difficult, but cannot be produced instantly. Which hospitals have these shortages you speak of right now?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 19, 2020
This is great news. I don’t know exactly which hospitals are most in need, but my understanding is NYC and Seattle hospitals are in acute danger. If you’re a hospital with a ventilator shortage or someone in a position to compile a list, please let @elonmusk and me know here. https://t.co/cecrQIj9GS
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 19, 2020
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