Nurses championed on social media by multibillionaire Elon Musk   

Elon Musk, one of the world’s wealthiest people, known for expressing his often-polarising views, has seemingly come out as a champion of the nursing profession.

Mr Musk, the owner of social media platform X – formerly known as Twitter – indicated in a recent post on the site that he believes the nursing profession was “underrated”.

Mr Musk, who also founded car firm Tesler and rocket builder SpaceX, has an estimated net worth of $190bn, posted about healthcare on X on Thursday at around 3pm.

He said: “When sending medical advice, ask your doctor, but also ask an experienced nurse.

“Nurses are underrated,” he added.

X post by Elon Musk

By Friday evening, the post had been read by 64 million people, liked by 306,000, been reposted 39,000 times and attracted 15,000 comments.

The unexpected post appeared to be an isolated broadcast, with no context provided for the subject matter and no further posts about it from Mr Musk.

Mr Musk has previously been criticised for his public comments relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, including those he made about lockdowns, death rates, chloroquine and vaccination.

However, another of his businesses is Neuralink, an implant company that wants to help restore vision and mobility, among other things, to people by linking brains to computers.

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The firm reported that it had implanted a chip on its first patient in February, having received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for human trial recruitment last September.

Mr Musk has also suggested that the chip devices could be used to treat obesity, autism, depression, and schizophrenia.

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