Elon Musk Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

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Yesterday, Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk disclosed that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Yesterday, Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk disclosed that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Musk has been skeptical of the virus and has criticized the response to it. He tweeted that a Thursday night saliva test came back positive, but questioned its validity. Musk took another test that should yield results either today or tomorrow. “Almost no symptoms today, so hopefully better results,” Musk tweeted. His symptoms include mild “sniffles & cough & slight fever past few days.”

Musk's followers on Twitter chimed in to support his skepticism of the positive test claiming that there were high false-positive rates. Musk's diagnosis comes amid a massive resurgence of the virus. Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 rose to a record of 68,516 on Friday, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

Musk isn't the only CEO to contract the virus. Earlier this year, Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell, and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co. CEO Antonion Neri also contracted the virus.

In March, Musk predicted that there would be zero new COVID-19 cases in the US by the end of April. “My guess is that the panic will cause more harm than the virus, if that hasn’t happened already,” he said.

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