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    Elon Musk questions accuracy of coronavirus rapid tests after receiving both positive and negative results

    Elon Musk, who has repeatedly downplayed the risk of COVID-19, is questioning the accuracy of rapid testing after he received both negative and positive results for coronavirus.

    “Something extremely bogus is going on,” the Tesla founder wrote in a tweet late Thursday night.


    “Was tested for covid four times today. Two tests came back negative, two came back positive.”

    The rapid tests, which provide a diagnosis within 15 minutes, work by detecting a small protein on the surface of coronavirus and do not require a lab for processing. They are less accurate than the Polymerase Chain Reaction tests, which alternatively detect the virus itself.

    Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk
    Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (Pool/Getty Images)

    The Food and Drug Administration has consequently warned that “positive results from antigen tests are highly accurate, but there is a higher chance of false negatives.”

    Musk said he is currently awaiting results from his PCR test, which also takes longer to analyze. The billionaire noted that he opted to get tested after experiencing cold symptoms — including “mild sniffles & cough & slight fever” — which he described as “nothing unusual so far.”

    The Tesla CEO has dismissed panic surrounding the pandemic several times since the disease first emerged in the Chinese City of Wuhan back in December. He has accused doctors of inflating case numbers for financial reasons and in March predicted infections in the United States would drop all the way down to zero.

    Roughly 150,000 cases are now being reported in the country each day and the number of infections has continued to climb in recent weeks. On Thursday, the United States again shattered pandemic records, reporting more than 153,000 new coronavirus cases.

    It marked the seventh time in nine days that the number of infections in the U.S. reached their record numbers.

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