Tesla’s CEO tweeted late Thursday that he tested positive for COVID-19 twice and negative twice.
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The managing director of Tesla Y. SpacexElon Musk questioned the accuracy of a COVID-19 test Thursday after testing positive and negative for the virus the same day.
In a tweet, Musk said he took the tests after showing symptoms of cold. “Two tests were negative, two were positive. The same machine, the same test, the same nurse,” he said.
He added that “something extremely strange is happening” and said that “if it happens to me, it happens to others”.
The billionaire said he did a “rapid BD antigen test,” which was likely related to the Becton Dickinson and Co. rapid antigen test that shows results in 15 minutes.
Business Insider contacted the company for comment.
There is something extremely wrong going on. Was tested for Covid four times today. Two tests were negative, two positive. Same machine, same test, same nurse. Rapid antigen test from BD.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 13, 2020
He said he is awaiting tests for PCR, the gold standard for COVID-19, from separate laboratories. “The results will take about 24 hours,” he added.
When asked by a Twitter user if this was the reason for a sharp increase in some cases, Musk said, “If it happens to me, it happens to others.”
Musk has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the coronavirus threat and occasionally spread misinformation about COVID-19.
He said in a September interview on the podcast “Vary” that he would not take the COVID-19 vaccine for himself or for his family because “I was not at risk for COVID or my children”.
“Basically, it would be the right thing not to have a nationwide lockdown, but I think anyone who is in danger should be quarantined until the storm is over,” Musk said during the podcast episode.
In July, Musk tweeted that the increase in coronavirus cases is more due to test errors than increased transmission.
“There’s a ridiculous amount of false positive testing out there [COVID-19]”Musk wrote on Twitter.” This is a big part of why positive tests for C19 increase while hospital stays and mortality decrease. “
Columbia University virologist Angela Rasmussen called this “dangerous and false misinformation”.
COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations continue to rise in U.S. states like Texas.
If the average cases continue to increase by 34% from week to week, the country could have 1 million cases of coronavirus daily by the end of the year, a new report from Pantheon Macroeconomics revealed on Wednesday.
To date, the coronavirus has killed more than 243,000 people and infected more than 10.6 million in the United States.