Musk questions coronavirus tests over opposite results on same day

Daniel Fowler
November 14, 2020

(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk questioned the accuracy of Covid-19 tests on Thursday after claiming that results showed he tested positive twice and then negative twice all on the same day.

When asked by a Twitter user if he showed any symptoms, Musk said he had symptoms of a "typical cold". He most probably couldn't believe in this "bogus" situation and had to get tested four times to make sure.

'Something extremely bogus is going on.

In a series of tweets early Friday, Musk said he had conflicting results from rapid "antigen" tests for Covid-19 after he had "mild sniffles & cough & slight fever" in recent days.

Mr. Musk, on Twitter, said he was experiencing cold-like symptoms and, when taking four of the same tests administered on the same machine, had two results come back positive and two negative.

Responding to queries over his tweet, Musk added, "If it's happening to me, it's happening to others".

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The billionaire also agreed with a comment that noted that "revenues from tests are likely not bogus & very consistent".

"I'm getting PCR tests from separate labs".

Antigen tests work by detecting a small protein on the surface of the coronavirus, whereas PCR tests look for the virus itself.

Musk said he took antigen tests made by Becton, Dickinson and Company, one of many rapid tests on the market now.

Musk's expressed controversial views on the coronavirus pandemic before, and sometimes he's just been plain wrong - at one occasion, he said that kids are "essentially immune" to the virus, and on another, he predicted that there would be "close to zero new cases in USA (.) by the end of April".

Two months later he defied lockdown orders in California to reopen the Tesla assembly plant, daring authorities to arrest him.

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