WASHINGTON: Tesla chief executive Elon Musk questioned the accuracy of Covid-19 tests yesterday after 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 said in a tweet, referring to Becton Dickinson and Company’s rapid antigen test.
Musk, who took rapid antigen tests yesterday, said he was also awaiting results from polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests from different labs.
When asked by a Twitter user if he showed any 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 US nursing homes that its rapid coronavirus testing equipment was producing false-positive results.
“We are aware of the tweet by Elon Musk and are reaching out to learn more, consistent with our quality management process,” the company said in a statement.