COVID-19 has taken more than 74,000 lives and, more than 1.3 million people have been infected globally. There is also a report which suggests that six more SpaceX employees at Elon Musk’s rocket company were tested positive of the deadly coronavirus on 6th April 2020. The first SpaceX coronavirus cases were reported in the month of March.
According to the study, one of the employees recently reported to be infected with coronavirus has self-isolated himself. In March, at least 12 SpaceX workers were officially quarantined after one worker was medically tested positive for coronavirus at the company’s Southern California plant.
The good part is that SpaceX has reduced the number of employees working in its factories. The Department of Defense considers the work of SpaceX, along with others in the space industry, to be “mission essential.” Despite the lockdown, the company is open and are performing tasks on a daily basis. Though the staff is less but the work is still on.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was widely criticized for maintaining operations at his SpaceX and Tesla factories during a statewide order in California ordering people to remain at home (except for critical activities) in order to prevent coronavirus spreading.
While, in recent weeks, Musk seems to have changed his opinion for coronavirus. He tweeted at the beginning of last month that “the coronavirus panic is dumb”, but we have noted that since then his businesses have started to help in developing products which are needed to combat the virus at hospitals.
News about new prototype ventilators is out. Tesla engineers have made it from electric vehicle and added to this SpaceX also began producing hand sanitizer and face shields, which the company Rocket is donating. All of this good thing is happening in the last two weeks.
SpaceX has partnered with Medtronic to help the maker of medical equipment make a central part of their ventilators.
Since cases first recorded in December 2019, as we know, the coronavirus has quickly changed life around the world, infecting about 1.3 million people worldwide and taking more than 10,000 lives in the United States.