Elon Musk, who previously called the panic surrounding COVID-19 “nonsense,” raised some questions about rapid antigen tests. Musk told his Twitter followers that “something extremely false” is happening because two of his COVID-19 tests came back positive and two others came back negative.
“Something extremely false is happening,” Musk tweeted on Friday, adding that he had nothing “unusual” symptoms of the typical cold. “I got tested for covid four times today. Two tests were negative, two were positive. The same machine, the same test, the same nurse. Rapid BD antigen test.
When another user speculated if that is why there has been “such a significant increase” in COVID-19 cases in the US, Musk replied that if it has happened to him it will have happened to others as well . Another user said that the income from the tests was not false and very consistent, so the CEO of SpaceX replied: “Exactly.”
The explaination by officials
As clinicians have explained, the medical technology company BD’s test documentation advises that even a positive result indicates the presence of viral antigens, but clinical correlation with the patient’s history and other diagnostic information is necessary to determine the state of infection.
As for a negative result, he says that negative results are presumptive. Negative test results do not rule out infection and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment. It is then recommended that these results be confirmed by a molecular testing method.
Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it was alerting clinical laboratory personnel and healthcare providers that false positive results can occur with antigen tests. COVID-19.
For its part, BD acknowledged in September that it was investigating reports from nursing homes where its rapid coronavirus test was producing false positive results.
In October, Nevada authorities ordered nursing homes to stop using two rapid antigen tests after nearly two-thirds of the tests returned false positives. The tests used were Sofia 2 SARS Antigen FIA from Quidel Corporation and BD Veritor Plus, the latter being the company behind the tests used by Musk.
With his latest speculation about the coronavirus, Musk’s tweet fuels conspiracy theories about the pandemic.
In September, the tech mogul said that neither he nor his family will be vaccinated against COVID-19 even if it is available . It must also be said that the CEO of Tesla is a regular when it comes to conspiracy theories. He has repeatedly claimed that we live in a computer simulation . This year he claimed that aliens built the Pyramids of Egypt , He even posted a cryptic message on his Twitter account: “Take the red pill.”
The truth is that we do not know if he is correct when it comes to the coronavirus, but what we do know is that COVID-19 is enveloped in a halo of darkness , with misinformation, conspiracy theories and censorship. In addition, there are many celebrities who are convinced that the pandemic is a great lie to control the population. Are they right?
What do you think about Musk’s statements? Is it one more evidence that the coronavirus pandemic is a big lie?