Elon Musk offered this insight to his 32 million Twitter followers March 6: "The coronavirus panic is dumb." It became the most-liked tweet by anyone that week.
The Tesla CEO later made more questionable comments about the outbreak before seemingly taking it more seriously last week, when he offered to help ease shortages of hospital ventilators.
That is, until he tweeted that children "are essentially immune" to the disease, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. The tweet appeared to flout new guidelines Twitter published prohibiting harmful information about the coronavirus, including "denial of established scientific facts ... such as 'COVID-19 does not infect children.' "
But Twitter reviewed Musk's post and declined to take it down, telling The Verge "it does not break our rules."