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He didn’t mention any results from his PCR tests, which are usually done in a lab and are more accurate than rapid tests. He continued to question the accuracy of COVID tests on Saturday, citing his “vastly different results from different labs.”
Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., first revealed on Twitter on Friday that he received inconclusive coronavirus test results using Becton’s rapid antigen test, Dickinson and Co., obtaining two negatives and two positives.
Musk, 49, has cast doubt on COVID-19, questioning the virality of the disease and saying death rates are overestimated. In his tweet on Saturday, he said that “the coronavirus is a type of the common cold,” apparently downplaying its risks. In the United States, the disease has infected more than 10.8 million people after adding a record 190,059 cases on Friday, and killing more than 245,000 people.
In March, Musk predicted there would be almost zero new cases in the United States by April and made no secret of his frustration with shutdown orders that temporarily halted production at the Tesla auto plant. in Fremont, California.
Rapid tests have become more widely used in the fight against COVID-19, but these tests are also known to be less accurate than the more common polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests.