Recently, Elon Musk came out to say that the reaction of the United states towards the pandemeic can be seen as a test run before a more deadly virus hits the world in the future.
He mentioned in an interview with comedian Joe Rogan, that there could probably be another pandemic in the future that would have high mortality rate, he went further to say that this pandemic is like a test run.
"At some point there probably will be a pandemic with a high mortality rate, something that's killing a lot of 20 year olds, let's say. This is kind of like a practice run for something that might in the future might have a really high mortality rate. We kind of got to go through this without it being something that kills vast numbers of young, healthy people"
Elon also made mention that he believes the mortality rate of Covid-19 is much lower than estimated. The World Health Organization said in March that the Covid-19 mortality rate is 3.4% globally.
Executive director of WHO's emergencies program, Dr. Mike Ryan, came out to say that it's a mistake to assume the virus only seriously affects older people and those with underlying health conditions. WHO actually gave a warning sometime last month that more young people are becoming critically ill and dying from the coronavirus.
Musk has been a actully being vocal critic of how government and health officials are reacting to the coronavirus pandemic that's killed at least 73,431 people in the United States. While talking to analysts in the company's Q1 2020 earnings call, Musk said stay-at-home orders are "forcibly imprisoning people in their homes against all their constitutional rights."
Public health officials have routinely cautioned that reopening too quickly could result in cases of Covid-19 re-accelerating and developing new hot spots that could overwhelm health systems.
Musk also said that people will come out of the pandemic with healthier habits, such as increased hand washing and mask usage, which he views as a silver lining. More vaccines and cures could be generated too as the understanding of these viruses improve, he added.