In a wide-ranging interview with the media the Tesla and SpaceX CEO said he would not take a Covid-19 vaccine when one becomes available, and declined to say whether he feels a duty to pay employees who want to stay home to avoid contracting the virus.
“I’m not at risk for Covid, nor are my kids,” said Musk during Monday’s episode of the New York Times podcast “Sway.”
On the podcast, Musk argued that instead of sweeping stay-at-home orders to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, “anyone who is at risk should be quarantined until the storm passes.”
When Musk was confronted with the possibility that people would still die in the process, he replied bluntly: “Everybody dies.”
“The question is what, on balance, serves the greater good,” Musk continued, adding that the lockdowns did not accomplish that and the pandemic is a “no-win situation.”
Musk, the third-richest person in the world according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, tweeted in April that nationwide stay-at-home orders amounted to “de facto house arrest.”
If one of his workers told him that coming to work would put their family at risk, Musk said he would simply tell them to “stay home.”