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Elon Musk Says He ‘most Likely’ Has Moderate Case Of Covid, Still Testing Question



SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said he “most likely” has a moderate case of the coronavirus, even as he continued to question the accuracy of coronavirus testing.

“Am getting wildly different results from different labs, but most likely I have a moderate case of covid,” he wrote on Twitter on Saturday night, in response to a user who asked him if he had contracted COVID-19. “My symptoms are that of a minor cold, which is no surprise, since a coronavirus is a type of cold.”

In reply to another user asking him about his condition, Musk replied: “A little up & down. Feels just like a regular cold, but more body achy & cloudy head than coughing/sneezing. DayQuil rocks.”

The Tesla CEO did not specify whether he had received his latest results from polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which are more accurate than rapid coronavirus tests.

He previously questioned the veracity of COVID-19 testing after saying he received both positive and negative test results after taking four tests in one day.

“Something extremely bogus is going on. 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 tweeted early Friday morning.

Several Twitter users slammed Musk for the tweet, noting that he was taking multiple tests while others in need of tests were unable to get them. Some also said it was “irresponsible” and could lend credence to conspiracy theories about coronavirus testing.

Musk later added that he would be getting PCR tests from separate labs. “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,” he wrote.

Hours later, he again cast doubt on the accuracy of such tests and asked his 40 million Twitter followers if they were likely to generate false positives. “What is the general population (no knowledge of symptoms) accuracy of a sars-cov2 PCR test & is it possible to generate a false positive if you simply run enough cycles?” Musk wrote.

Musk has repeatedly voiced skepticism about COVID-19, wrongly predicting in March that new cases in the U.S would be “probably close to zero” by the end of April. He also criticized lockdowns that were put in place to minimize the spread of the virus as “fascist.”

His illness comes as SpaceX prepares to launch four astronauts to he International Space Station on Sunday. On Friday, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 would not be allowed at the Kennedy Space Center launching site.

Elon Musk wears a face mask as he arrives to attend a meeting with the leadership of the conservative CDU/CSU parliamentary group in Berlin on September 2.
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