OPINION: The flamboyant billionaire has done it again, this time the target is not some diver rescuing kids trapped in a cave in Far East, its much closer to home. Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk puts his spotlight of insolence towards the doctors risking their lives for saving coronavirus patients.
Elon Musk wrote in a tweet, “And many doctors are not treating patients, due to fear of giving or receiving C19.”
This is what Elon Musk has to say about our doctors who are at the front line of coronavirus pandemic, risking their lives for saving infected patients, while he sits in the safety of his high mansion.
And many doctors are not treating patients, due to fear of giving or receiving C19— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 28, 2020
This did not go without criticism though, as Twitter users who were unhappy with Elon’s statement voiced their disagreement.
One user, @piehead9, replied, “Someone needs to start a petition on change.org to get this clown off twitter! He is now becoming dangerous to his followers with his advice!”
Another user @jamesmitchem7 wrote in support of our doctors.
dude, there are docs literally living outside in tents to keep their family safe so they can keep working to save lives in the hospitals, yeah I’m sure a few docs have run for the hills, but most are busting their butts for us! Please do better man.— James Mitchem (@jamesmitchem7) March 29, 2020
@PPathole had a little more to add.
Dr Giampiero Giron, 85 years old Italian anesthetic said “YES” when he was asked to treat C19 patients. He said “When you decide to be a doctor in life, you get involved no matter what. I swore an oath. Afraid of getting sick, then it’s better not to be a doctor”— Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) March 29, 2020
What a boss. pic.twitter.com/mSbhfQHUiq
@CornHusker76 was a bit more blunt, pointing out Elon Musk’s reckless statement.
How irresponsible and reckless statement. Lot of doctors I know drive Tesla. What a slap in the face to all of them. They may be in fear but to say they are not treating patient is totally inaccurate.— CornHusker76 (@CornHusker76) March 29, 2020
Someone also replied with a meme.
This isn’t the first time Elon Musk has come in spotlight for improper behavior. In 2018, he called a British diver “pedo guy” who helped rescue the boys trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand.
In this time of crisis, we should stand by our doctors, commend them for their bravery, not rebuke them.
This surely won’t be the last foolish statement by a man who claims of “saving the world” with his electric cars, given his track-record.
(This is an editorial piece. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.)