Tesla boss Elon Musk stated he took 4 coronavirus exams after feeling unwell however acquired combined outcomes (Image: getty)
Billionaire Elon Musk has stated he’s examined each constructive and unfavourable for coronavirus on the identical day.
The Tesla boss tweeted ‘one thing extraordinarily bogus is happening’ after taking 4 fast exams on Friday. Two got here again unfavourable and two got here again constructive.
He’s now awaiting the outcomes of a extra definitive lab take a look at that are extra correct however take longer to course of.
Mr Musk – who has been a critic of lockdown measures – stated every take a look at had been administered by the identical nurse and used the identical machine.
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He’d been feeling unwell the previous few days — with sniffles, a cough and low fever — however the signs had cleared by yesterday.
Questions have beforehand been raised in regards to the accuracy of the fast exams which solely take quarter-hour to indicate a outcome and are seen as an important a part of the UK’s mass testing programme.
Some exams have been proven to be solely round 50% correct in detecting constructive instances.
Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, throughout a press convention on the Kennedy Area Heart in Might (Image: Getty Photographs North America)
No take a look at is 100% correct however senior Authorities figures have beforehand stated the the ‘false constructive’ charge general is lower than 1%, that means the chance of getting an inaccurate outcome could be very small.
Mr Musk’s well being points have added to issues attempting to launch his second SpaceX flight. Excessive winds and climate circumstances within the wake of tropical storm Eta on Friday pressured the crew to postpone the flight till Sunday.
It will have been the second time SpaceX launched astronauts to the Worldwide Area Station after being commissioned by NASA who retired their very own shuttle fleet in 2011.
It’s not recognized if Mr Musk shall be allowed on the launching web site on the Kennedy Area Heart in Florida, even when later exams come again unfavourable.
The primary SpaceX astronaut launch in Cape Canaveral in Might. (Image: Getty Photographs)
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stated anybody testing constructive for Covid-19 should quarantine underneath NASA coverage and stay remoted.
Officers stated contact tracing by SpaceX discovered no hyperlink between Mr Musk and any personnel in shut contact with the 4 astronauts, who stay cleared for flight.
Norm Knight, a deputy supervisor at NASA, stated: ‘Nobody’s above this entry. It doesn’t matter in case you’re Elon Musk or (NASA administrator) Jim Bridenstine.
‘In case you have not met these protocols, or if any of these protocols have been compromised, then we’re not going to allow you to close to the crew.’
NASA and SpaceX representatives wouldn’t say the place Musk was Friday, though officers confirmed he was not at Kennedy.
His firm is predicated in Southern California, the place he lives. He was inside Kennedy’s Launch Management final Might for SpaceX’s first astronaut flight.
4 astronauts — three Individuals and one Japanese — are scheduled to rocket to the Worldwide Area Station on Sunday night time.
They’re going up for a full area station keep of 5 to 6 months. They are going to be changed within the spring by yet one more crew launched by SpaceX.
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