Elon Musk questions accuracy of Covid tests after conflicting results on same day

Elon Musk has questioned the accuracy of Covid-19 tests claiming that results showed he tested positive twice and then negative twice on the same day.

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Tesla Inc TSLA.O Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk (Photo: Reuters)

Tesla Inc TSLA.O Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has questioned the accuracy of Covid-19 tests claiming that results showed he tested positive twice and then negative twice all on the same day.

"Something extremely bogus is going on. Was tested for covid four times today. Two tests came back negative, two came back positive. Same machine, same test, same nurse. Rapid antigen test from BD," Musk tweeted, possibly referring to Becton Dickinson and Co's BDX.N rapid antigen test.

Musk, who took rapid antigen tests on Thursday, said he was also awaiting results from polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests from different labs, as reported by Reuters.

Replying to a Twitter user about his symptoms, Musk said he had symptoms of a “typical cold”.

“Nothing unusual so far,” Musk added.

Becton Dickinson, which is one of the major suppliers of Covid-19 antigen tests, said in September it was investigating reports from U.S. nursing homes that its rapid coronavirus testing equipment was producing false-positive results.

Musk had previously criticized coronavirus-related restrictions and lockdowns, referring to those as “fascist” and an infringement on individual liberty.

Becton Dickinson did not respond to a request for comment late on Thursday, Reuters said.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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