Elon Musk says his companies will make ventilators as coronavirus causes shortage


Elon Musk could help out with the ventilator shortage.

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Elon Musk offered to make ventilators as hospitals facing shortages due to the coronavirus outbreak, after a Twitter follower asked that he repurpose his factory to do so. However, the Tesla and SpaceX boss also noted that it’ll take time.

Nate Silver, the editor of statistics and polling-focused news site FiveThirtyEight, pressed him for details.

“Tesla makes cars with sophisticated hvac systems. SpaceX makes spacecraft with life support systems,” Musk replied.”Ventilators are not difficult, but cannot be produced instantly.”

Silver praised Musk and noted that hospitals in New York City and Seattle “are in acute danger,” then suggested medical facilities in need should tweet him and Musk.

Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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