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Elon Musk says he tested both positive and negative twice for COVID-19 in one day

Elon Musk has said he tested both positive and negative twice for COVID-19 as he declared ‘something extremely bogus’ is happening.  

The controversial Tesla boss, who back in March brushed off the pandemic as ‘dumb’, tweeted late Thursday to reveal he had conflicting test results that day.

‘Something extremely bogus is going on,’ he wrote. 

‘Was tested for covid four times today. Two tests came back negative, two came back positive. Same machine, same test, same nurse. Rapid antigen test from BD.’

Musk, 49, then responded to a series of comments from followers where he revealed he was suffering ‘typical cold’ symptoms and warned ‘if it’s happening to me, it’s happening to others’. 

 

Elon Musk (pictured) has said he tested both positive and negative twice for COVID-19 as he declared ‘something extremely bogus’ is happening

Several Twitter followers joined in the discussion questioning the inaccuracies and asking about the eccentric entrepreneur’s symptoms. 

‘Could this be why we’ve been seeing such a major spike?’ one person wrote. 

‘If it’s happening to me, it’s happening to others. I’m getting PCR tests from separate labs. Results will take about 24 hours,’ Musk wrote. 

‘Symptoms of a typical cold. Nothing unusual so far,’ he replied to another about his condition. 

Musk then seemed to take a swipe at companies developing the tests, responding ‘exactly’ to someone who wrote that the ‘revenues from tests are likely not bogus & very consistent.’ 

In a follow-up tweet Musk then added: ‘The carousel turns ever faster.’ 

Musk has repeatedly downplayed the extent of the virus which has so far killed more than 242,000 Americans. 

Musk, 49, then responded to a series of comments from followers where he revealed he was suffering 'typical cold' symptoms and warned 'if it's happening to me, it's happening to others'

Musk, 49, then responded to a series of comments from followers where he revealed he was suffering ‘typical cold’ symptoms and warned ‘if it’s happening to me, it’s happening to others’

Back in March, he fired off a tweet dismissing rising fears over the coronavirus outbreak as ‘dumb’ as cases continued to mount across the US.

He then incorrectly told his 39 million followers that children were ‘essentially immune’ to the virus and blasted the nationwide lockdowns as ‘de facto house arrest.’ 

Musk then appeared to have a change of heart, however, when he delivered over 1,000 ventilators to a California hospital and vowed to reopen Tesla’s New York factory as soon as possible to help make and distribute ventilators to the embattled state. 

But in September, Musk then doubled down on his claims that COVID-19 doesn’t pose a risk to children and said he wouldn’t take a vaccine when it became available. 

‘I’m not at risk for Covid, nor are my kids,’ he said in an interview on New York Times podcast ‘Sway.’     

A medical staff takes a nose swab sample for a COVID-19 rapid test. Experts have raised concerns about rapid antigen tests which are much cheaper and faster than nucleic acid tests but are considered to be far less accurate

A medical staff takes a nose swab sample for a COVID-19 rapid test. Experts have raised concerns about rapid antigen tests which are much cheaper and faster than nucleic acid tests but are considered to be far less accurate

His most recent comments come as experts have repeatedly raised concerns about the accuracy of rapid tests. 

Rapid antigen tests are much cheaper and faster than the alternative nucleic acid tests and promise results in just 15 minutes.

However the nucleic acid tests, also known as RT-PCR tests, are considered the gold standard of COVID-19 testing.

They diagnose patients by detecting RNA, or viral genetic material.

Antigen tests look for viral proteins and are considered to be far less accurate. 

In October, Nevada health officials ordered nursing homes to stop using two rapid antigen tests after nearly two-thirds of the tests were false-positive, or people were mistakenly told they were infected with the virus.

The tests were the Quidel Sofia II and the Becton Dickinson (BD) Veritor Plus, the latter being the company behind the tests Musk said he used.

A similar test from AbC-19 was also found to only be 81.7 per cent accurate at diagnosing a positive result, according to a study this month in the British Medical Journal.   

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