Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said Thursday that he believes there will be “doubts” that will arise from the current coronavirus crisis, which he also described as “practice” for a future pandemic that could lead to an even higher number of deaths across the globe. the world.
Musk made his comments during an interview with comedian Joe Rogan on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Musk told Rogan that he believes the reaction to the coronavirus “has taken over the world’s mental space to a degree that is quite shocking,” and that society is on a course that will be difficult to correct.
“It seems that (some) people really wanted to panic. They got pretty crazy, “said Musk.
Musk has been critical of current shelter-in-place policies in California and the United States aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. In the past week, he used a Tesla earnings call with analysts to call “stay-at-home” fascists, and went to Twitter to ask governments to “give people back their freedom” and proceed with the reopening of businesses that have closed during the pandemic.
The coronavirus is officially responsible for more than 73,000 deaths in the United States. USA And of more than 265,000 worldwide. But, speaking to Rogan, Musk said he believes the death rate “is much lower than, for example, the World Health Organization said it was.” Probably at least a minor order of magnitude.
“The state of public perception is changing,” said Musk. “It is (the coronavirus) recognized as not as fatal as we thought or feared.”
But, Musk added, “At some point, there will probably be a pandemic with a high death rate. Something that is killing many 20-year-olds; killing large numbers of healthy young people. This is at least practical for something like that. Since it is only a matter of time before there is such a pandemic. ”
Musk also said he believes the current situation has already resulted in a better understanding of diseases like coronavirus, and that society could end up learning some lessons from the current crisis that it can apply to the next pandemic, whenever it occurs.
“I think it is very likely that from this we will develop vaccines that we did not have before for coronaviruses and other viruses, and possibly a cure,” said Musk. “I think there will be a positive side here. Hopefully more silver trim than less.