March 18 (UPI) — Elon Musk, chief executive of electric car maker Tesla, sent a new email to all employees of the company on Tuesday, according tomedia reports. Fears are now scarier about the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) that is ongoing in the United States than the virus itself.
On Monday, local time, the San Francisco Bay Area of California, where Tesla’s only manufacturing facility is built in the United States, issued an “in-place evacuation order” to implement a “city closure” over the next three weeks and told locals to stay home to stop the spread of the new coronavirus outbreak. The San Francisco Bay Area has six counties and cities, and Tesla’s plant is located in Fremont, Alameda County, which has tens of thousands of workers.
“Everyone has to work from home or stop working unless they are providing the necessary services: health and medical personnel, police, firefighters and other emergency workers,” the order says. “
The media obtained a report from employees at Tesla’s Fremont plant that the company informed them that they would be at work tomorrow (Tuesday local time) unless they felt unwell.
Now, Musk has discussed the issue directly with all agents in the email. He began by making it clear that employees would not be forced to work, “First of all, I think it’s very clear that if you feel a little uncomfortable, or even uncomfortable, don’t feel obliged to work.” Personally I will go to work, but that’s just me. If you want to stay at home for any reason, you’re fine. “
In the past few days, media reports have reported that some employees at Tesla’s Fremont plant have been infected with a new coronavirus.
Musk said that, as far as Tesla knows, no one tested positive, “a lot of rumors are circulating, but as far as we know, no one at Tesla (more than 5.6 employees) tested positive for COVID-19.” If there is any new information, I will let you know immediately. “
Since then, Musk has criticized the extent of the panic over the new coronavirus outbreak, saying, “Frankly, my view remains the same, and the damage to the new coronavirus panic is far greater than the virus itself.” If the large-scale diversion of medical resources is diverted, and this is disproportionate to the level of risk posed by the outbreak, it will mean that care for those with critical medical needs is bound to be reduced, which will be of greater benefit to the greater benefit. “
However, he also warned about family gatherings, saying: “Reports of COVID-19 do show that the risk levels of colds and flu are usually high for older people, especially those who already have lung-related underlying diseases.” Many of those infected with the virus come from public gatherings, but please be careful about family gatherings. Relatively harmless activities for children, but can be dangerous for grandparents. “
Musk also made his own prediction, “My best guess is that, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control, coVID-19 (this particular form of common cold) infection will not exceed 0.1% of the U.S. population.” (NetEase Editor’s Note: The U.S. population is currently about 327 million, one in 100, about 320,000 people. )
Musk concluded by reiterating that employees “don’t have to feel obligated to come to work if they have any concerns.” However, he did not elaborate on whether paid sick leave or job security would be provided during the outbreak.