As reported by BuzzFeed News, Musk gave SpaceX employees "a basis for comparison" for the COVID-19 situation by noting that the risk of death from the disease "is vastly less than the risk of death from driving your car home."
He also claimed that the evidence he's seen on the outbreak suggests it's not even in "top 100 health risks in the United States."
The casual response from the tech mogul on the situation, which has already claimed thousands of lives and triggered an emergency in US, drew widespread flak from health experts, who described the remark as disingenuous and dangerous.
Meanwhile, BuzzFeed News noted that comparing the outbreak with car accidents doesn't make sense, as the latter cannot transmit from one person to another and grow.
This isn't the first time Musk has downplayed coronavirus
Notably, the weird comments from Musk come just a few days after he tweeted out that "the coronavirus panic is dumb." So far, neither SpaceX nor Tesla has commented on his casual attitude towards the deadly outbreak.
At the time of writing, coronavirus is confirmed to have infected over 1,53,000 people, of which some 5,700 have passed away.
In the US alone, 2,500+ cases are confirmed, and health experts predict that the figure can rise up to 214 million - with as many as 1.5 million deaths - if the outbreak isn't contained effectively in the near future.