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Billionaire Elon Musk Says He’ll Help Make Ventilators To Overcome Shortages

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.”

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.

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.”

Musk responded, saying, “Sounds good, we will connect with your team to understand potential needs.”

Let’s do this, Elon!

Patricia Grisafi

Written by Patricia Grisafi