Texas tycoon throws millions at Covid-19 test puzzle

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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – A highly controversial attempt to address America’s coronavirus testing shortage began with a sick and frustrated billionaire at his home in a leafy Texas Hill Country town north of San Antonio.
Graham Weston, co-founder of cloud computing company Rackspace Hosting Inc., owns a pair of homes in New Braunfels. When the pandemic struck in March, he sent his son back from his studies to the UK and quarantined him on a ranch by the river.
It did not work. Although Mr. Weston’s son showed no symptoms, he was a carrier of the virus; he gave it to his father at the airport pick-up, the family suspects. Mr. Weston fell so ill that he thought he would die.
Since then, he has led a crusade to persuade high-level politicians, teachers and fellow business leaders that the key to reopening schools and the economy is to test people who don’t appear sick.
“It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack, except the needle is a match,” says Weston.

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