06:36 GMT12 July 2020
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    The first cases of the new COVID-19 coronavirus were detected in December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan, with the pathogen then spreading across the globe and infecting thousands of people.

    SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has apparently doubled down on his recent claims that the whole "coronavirus panic is dumb", with the famous entrepreneur going on to share his thoughts on the coverage of the ongoing outbreak.

    As one social media user asked him why exactly he feels that way, the tycoon argued that the coronavirus’ "virality is overstated due to conflating diagnosis date with contraction date & over-extrapolating exponential growth, which is never what happens in reality", adding in a follow-up tweet that the "fatality rate also greatly overstated".

    ​Musk’s musing elicited a somewhat mixed reaction online, as several netizens seemed to agree with his reasoning.

    Some, however, argued that healthcare in some countries seemed unprepared “for sudden spikes”, and therefore the panic was justified.

    ​There were also those who proceeded to challenge Musk’s assertions.

    And a number of people simply joked about having trouble processing the stuff Musk wrote.

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