Elon Musk says he's tested positive (and negative) for COVID-19

Elon Musk says he's tested positive (and negative) for COVID-19

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that he tested positive for Covid-19 and then negative on the same day. The chief executive officer of the electric-car maker also said on Twitter he was experiencing symptoms of a "typical cold".

'Something extremely bogus is going on. Musk says he was tested four times using a rapid antigen test: two tests came back positive and two came back negative.

The rapid antigen tests have gained ground in recent weeks in view of backlogs at laboratories, but they are less sensitive to small amounts of virus and more likely to deliver a false negative. Taking to Twitter, Musk expressed shock and said that something really bogus was going on as same machine, same nurse and same test had two different results. "If it's happening to me, it's happening to others", he tweeted in response to another user asking whether this may be why we've seen "such a major spike" in cases. For a much greater degree of certainty, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests must be used.

"Nothing unusual so far", he added. "Rapid antigen test from BD", tweeted Musk, who is known for his cavalier attitude towards the disease.

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According to local U.S. media reports, Musk had said he thinks he had Covid-19 in January but he never stated if medical tests had confirmed this.

Earlier this month, the US Food and Drug Administration said it was alerting clinical labouratory staff and healthcare providers that false positive results can occur with Covid-19 antigen tests.

Musk had previously questioned the need for stay-at-home orders issued in many parts of the United States, including California where Tesla's main plant is at.

Meanwhile, the overall number of global cases of Covid-19 has topped 52.6 million, while the deaths have surged to 1,291,920.

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