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Elon Musk Might Have the Disease He Said Would Be Gone By April

SpaceX founder Elon Musk in Gruenheide near Berlin, Germany on September 3, 2020.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk in Gruenheide close to Berlin, Germany on September 3, 2020.
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Elon Musk has been examined for the novel coronavirus and acquired conflicting outcomes, based on the tech mogul’s Twitter account. The 49-year-old founding father of SpaceX wrote that he was given a speedy covid-19 antigen take a look at 4 occasions, with two assessments coming again optimistic and two coming again detrimental on the identical day. Musk, who wrote that he skilled the signs of a typical cold, beforehand mentioned the covid-19 pandemic could be passed by April.

“One thing extraordinarily bogus is happening. Was examined for covid 4 occasions immediately. Two assessments got here again detrimental, two got here again optimistic. Similar machine, similar take a look at, similar nurse. Speedy antigen take a look at from BD,” Musk tweeted shortly after midnight ET.

BD almost certainly refers to New Jersey-based Becton Dickinson, an organization that produces a standard speedy take a look at for covid-19. The U.S. Meals and Drug Administration warned again in July that BD’s speedy assessments are much less dependable than PCR assessments, with about 3% of BD’s speedy assessments returning false positives. BD’s assessments are generally utilized in nursing homes, one of many communities most susceptible to covid-19.

Musk, who has criticized covid-19 lockdown measures and brazenly flouted office security protocols in California during the pandemic, wrote that he examined optimistic as soon as, then detrimental twice, then positive again. BD didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark early Friday.

“Might this be why we’ve been seeing such a significant spike?” a Twitter consumer requested Musk, referring to the horrifying rise in covid circumstances all through the U.S. that some conspiracy theorists consider is a hoax.

“If it’s occurring to me, it’s occurring to others. I’m getting PCR assessments from separate labs. Outcomes will take about 24 hours,” Musk responded.

The U.S. is experiencing the worst covid-19 outbreak on this planet with just about each nook of the nation breaking data for coronavirus circumstances and hospitalizations. The U.S. recognized 150,526 new circumstances and 1,104 deaths from covid-19 on Thursday, based on the Covid Tracking Project. Over 67,000 individuals are at the moment hospitalized with the illness. Each the every day case depend and the variety of individuals hospitalized on Thursday are new data for the nation and the world. The U.S. has recorded 10.5 million circumstances and over 242,000 circumstances because the pandemic started.

Hospitals are being overwhelmed throughout the U.S. however particularly within the Higher Midwest, with one intensive care affected person in Michigan even lately being handled in a storage room. Many hospitals in North Dakota are at 100% capability, and a few sufferers are being transferred out of the hospital to senior care services to make room for the sickest patients. North Dakota is so determined for well being care staff that employees who take a look at optimistic for the virus are being allowed to work in the event that they’re asymptomatic. Notably, asymptomatic individuals are nonetheless capable of unfold the illness and there’s actual concern for others within the hospital who haven’t contracted the virus but.

Musk, arguably America’s dumbest good particular person, has been one thing of a covid denialist on Twitter, consistently questioning the science of the pandemic and serving to unfold conspiracy theories to his almost 40 million followers. On March 19, Musk tweeted that there could be “close to zero new cases” within the U.S., “by finish of April.” And on April 29 Musk tweeted “FREE AMERICA NOW” in response to the comparatively lax partial lockdowns in some states that have been supposed to curb the unfold of the virus. As Dr. Anthony Fauci has defined, the U.S. by no means actually locked down in the identical manner that different nations locked down.

Musk has additionally regularly agreed with pro-Trump covid denialists, together with one lady often called Melissa Tate who wrote, “The scariest factor about this pandemic will not be the virus itself, it’s seeing American so simply bow down & surrender their blood purchased freedom to deprave politicians who promise them security.” Musk replied “true.” Tate now seems to be spreading disinformation concerning the 2020 presidential marketing campaign, insisting that President Trump truly received re-election. Actually, Joe Biden received by a wholesome margin in a number of key battleground states to safe the Electoral School vote.

Musk elaborated on his signs early Friday, explaining that he had, “gentle sniffles & cough & slight fever previous few days.” However Musk appears to be on the mend, whether or not or not it seems he has the illness.

“Proper now, no signs, though I did take NyQuil,” Musk wrote.



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Matt Novak