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    The coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe has led to some companies offering to land a hand in order to help provide key resources to combat the disease. A shortage of ventilators has been identified as a serious problem in the US health system.

    Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk offered to manufacture breathing machines to help combat the coronavirus epidemic on Wednesday.

    The Space X CEO offered to construct ventilators in a tweet, which was quickly responded to by Nate Silver, the editor in chief of fivethirtyeight.com, asking how many ventilators he planned to construct.

    On Thursday, Musk said that they were not easy to construct but that it was doable before asking which states were most in need of them.

    The tweet caught the eyes of prominent online users, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who reached out directly to Musk.

    Others were more cynical of the offer, however, seeing it as opportunistic and insincere.

    Musk has tweeted frequently about COVID-19, urging for calm as he has warned that the panic may have consequences that are more deadly than the virus itself, which has so far killed 9,800 people worldwide and infected at least 235,000.

    The construction of ventilators would not be the first time that the Tesla CEO has responded to a problem of international importance. 

    In 2018, SpaceX, Tesla and The Boring Co. constructed a miniature submarine to help rescue a youth soccer team trapped inside a flooded Thailand cave.

    Rescuers, however, retrieved the kids and their coach by swimming through the cave with SCUBA gear instead of using the sub.

     

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