Responding to a desperate plea from a Tesla Inc. customer, Elon Musk said that he will “make ventilators if there is a shortage.” I mean, get going now, Elon!
The tech genius was implored by a Twitter user to “stop being an idiot about this” in response to tweets Musk made about how the “danger of panic still far exceeds danger of corona.”
Please repurpose your factory to make ventilators which are needed ASAP. I am a Tesla owner and love the company. You have to stop being an idiot about this. This is a massive disaster. Ask the doctors in the field.
— Raja ‘Elon is not an idiot’ Abbas (@suhaylabbas) March 19, 2020
Musk said his companies could play a role in producing ventilators: “Tesla makes cars with sophisticated hvac systems. SpaceX makes spacecraft with life support systems. Ventilators are not difficult, but cannot be produced instantly.”
Musk’s tweets didn’t provide any further details on moving forward with making ventilators. Tesla’s plant in California continues to operate, while other car manufacturers including GM and Ford Motor Co. are temporarily stopping work because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Elon, WE NEED VENTILATORS, we need them asap. Right now, I have folks home SEWING medical masks, that is where we are at. What can you do? We are 3 days out of no masks, gowns, everything. MAYDAY!! #MillionMaskMayday
— K. Sennholz MD (@MtnMD) March 19, 2020
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also called on Musk for help. In a tweet written Thursday, de Blasio said, “New York City is buying! Our country is facing a drastic shortage and we need ventilators ASAP — we will need thousands in this city over the next few week. We’re getting them as fast as we can but we could use your help! We’re reaching out to you directly.”
@elonmusk New York City is buying!
Our country is facing a drastic shortage and we need ventilators ASAP — we will need thousands in this city over the next few weeks. We’re getting them as fast as we can but we could use your help!
We’re reaching out to you directly.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 19, 2020
Musk responded, saying, “Sounds good, we will connect with your team to understand potential needs.”
Sounds good, we will connect with your team to understand potential needs
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 19, 2020
Let’s do this, Elon!