Elon Musk tested positive ... and negative for coronavirus

Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk did four antigen tests to find out if he had Covid-19. And he got amazing results.

Elon Musk, the tumultuous boss of Tesla and SpaceX, announced Thursday that he had carried out four antigenic tests to find out if he had Covid-19 and had received two positive and two negative results. “Something extremely bizarre is going on. “Have been tested for Covid four times today. Two tests came back negative, two came back positive. Same machine, same test, same nurse, "he wrote on Twitter, adding that these were antigen tests.

This form of testing has the advantage of not requiring laboratory analysis and of giving a result in about fifteen minutes. But antigenic tests are less precise than so-called RT-PCR diagnostic tests: the former identify the proteins of the virus when the latter detect its genetic material. Mr. Musk explains on his Twitter account that he has experienced the usual symptoms of a cold - mild sniffles, cough and a slight fever. He plans to do RT-PCR tests at another laboratory, the results of which should arrive "in about 24 hours."

Controversy last March

To a user who wondered if this could explain the peak of Covid-19 cases currently observed in the United States, the official simply replied: "If this happens to me, it must happen to others".

Known for his flashy statements, Mr. Musk split in mid-March with a tweet saying: "Based on current trends, (we will) probably have close to zero new cases also in the United States by the end of April". He had subsequently spoken out several times in the spring against measures intended to limit the pandemic, going so far as to qualify as "fascist" the confinement which had led to the temporary closure of its plant in California.

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