Musk to the rescue again.... we hope

After the U.S. administration appealed for donations to make respiratory masks to fight out the shortage, Elon musk offered to do his bit and make ventilators for the Covid-19 infected people. Musk replied to a Twitter user who asked him to focus on making ventilators at his facility, which is the need of the hour. The reply grabbed a lot of attention and people couldn’t stop asking him to start working on it soon to help counter the shortage.

Elon Musk Says Tesla Can Build Ventilators As It Has The Technology

A twitter user tweeted to Musk saying "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,” to which Musk replied with “we [Tesla] will make ventilators if there is a shortage.”

Hundreds of replies followed and a lot of people urged him to start working towards it right away because there is a shortage already in some hospitals.

Some said that even if there isn’t a shortage at this point, there soon will be.

When Nate Silver, Editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight, pointed out about the shortage and asked how many ventilators he’s making. Musk replied saying that “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?”

The U.S. Government Is Working With Many Private Companies

Donald Trump has already declared this pandemic a National Emergency, thus allowing $50 billion of government funds towards countering the testing shortcomings.

The Trump administration is closely working with private giants like Google, Walmart, Target, and Foxconn to fight the Covid-19.

A lot of companies like SoftBank, Alibaba, and so on are doing their bit by offering masks and virus test kits.

Some reports also suggest that Ford and GM are in touch with White House officials and working in tandem to fight this off. According to a report obtained by NBC, the Trump administration has proposed a package to combat the economic fallout from the pandemic by rolling out payments to American taxpayers in two rounds totaling $500 billion. Another $50 billion is reserved for the airline industry and $150 billion for other distressed sectors.

Final Thoughts

Country,Other TotalCases NewCases TotalDeaths NewDeaths TotalRecovered ActiveCases Serious,Critical Tot Cases/1M pop
China 80,928 +34 3,245 +8 70,420 7,263 2,274 56
Italy 35,713 2,978 4,025 28,710 2,257 591
Iran 18,407 +1,046 1,284 +149 5,710 11,413 219
Spain 17,147 +2,378 767 +129 1,107 15,273 800 367
Germany 13,632 +1,305 33 +5 113 13,486 2 163
USA 9,477 +218 155 +5 108 9,214 64 29

Note: According to https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

This fear-inducing disease has already caused over 8,000 deaths worldwide at the time of writing. In the States alone, nearly 9,000 people have tested positive and 149 have died. The federal government is expecting the disease to last up to 18 months or longer with multiple waves of illness. Newsweek reports that there are around 160,000 ventilators in the U.S. hospitals along with 12,700 more meant to be used for emergencies. Experts also say that if the outbreak continues at the same rate, the supplies would be used up quickly.

Source: Reuters

Sidd Dhimaan
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