Tesla CEO Elon Musk issued a brief tweet Friday afternoon suggesting the panic over the coronavirus was “stupid,”media reported. The tweet has received more than 1.6 million likes on Twitter. While some may agree, irrational panic may do more harm than good and lead to unhelpful results. Most, however, see the billionaire’s claims about the new virus as irresponsible.
By contrast, Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, has responded to the new crown outbreak in a very different way. In a memo obtained by Bloomberg, Apple’s chief executive said it was a “challenging moment” for iPhone makers and that the outbreak of the new corona virus was an “unprecedented event.” “
Cook sent the memo to Apple employees over the weekend, encouraging them to “work remotely if work permits” between March 9 and 13. Cook wrote that it was a policy designed to affect “areas with the highest infection density,” adding that Apple was “making significant efforts to reduce staff density and ensure that teams on the ground can work safely and securely.” “
In addition, Apple moved quickly to close its stores in China and took other steps to counter the spread of the virus, in contrast to the “stupid” indiscretions about the coronavirus scare. Over the weekend, statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb hit back on Twitter, calling Musk’s claims “stupid.”
Taleb is the author of The Black Swan, published in 2007, on the rare but influential “Black Swan Event”. Taleb posted the following in a tweet: