Car crashes more fatal than coronavirus, says Tesla CEO Elon Musk

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears to be as wacky as ever. Last year, he put a picture of a monkey clutching a bottle of alcohol on his Twitter profile.

He calls himself a 3,000-year-old vampire, and says Tesla cars will talk to pedestrians, whatever that means.

Now, the maverick entrepreneur’s views on the coronavirus shows that he is on his own trip, underplaying the danger from the threat time and again.

In a memo to SpaceX employees on Friday, Musk said that they were far less likely to die from COVID-19 than car crashes, BuzzFeed News reported.

Musk added in the email that he does not think the coronavirus is "within the top 100 health risks in the United States".

In the US, over 1,600 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported, while more than 40 people have died due to the disease caused by the virus.

According to a report in The New York Times that cited an estimate by health officials, if the spread of the novel coronavirus is not contained soon, between 160 million and 214 million Americans may become infected in the worst case scenario.

This is not the first time Musk has underplayed the danger from COVID-19.