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Elon Musk took to social media to announce he tested positive and negative for COVID-19, calling the process "extremely bogus," Thursday night.
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO posted on Twitter he took four COVID-19 tests, two of which came back positive while the other two came back negative, with the same machine, test and nurse.
Something extremely bogus is going on. Was tested for covid four times today. Two tests came back negative, two cam… https://t.co/Z2V15u7Zcf— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1605246431.0
Musk tweeted, "if it's happening to me, it's happening to others." He also posted that he is experiencing cold-like symptoms.
Musk took four rapid antigen tests, which offer results within 15 minutes but tend to be less reliable than polymerase chain reaction tests. Due to his inconclusive results, Musk is awaiting PCR test results from a separate lab, which will take about 24 hours.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Musk has been skeptical of the virus. Yesterday he affirmed a tweet that alleged COVID-19 is a money grab.
@ajtourville Exactly— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1605247072.0
In March, Musk predicted the U.S. would have "close to zero" new cases by April. However, the U.S. is currently preparing for another wave of the virus, and Texas, where he is building his next Tesla Gigafactory, just reached 1 million total cases as of this week.
@PPathole Based on current trends, probably close to zero new cases in US too by end of April— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1584653937.0
Musk has called shelter-in-place orders "fascist," COVID-19 panic "dumb" and has tweeted "FREE AMERICA NOW," in regards to the stay-at-home orders states went under to contain the virus back in April.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that Texas will opt out of further federal unemployment benefits related to the pandemic effective June 26, citing the number of current job openings and concern about potentially fraudulent unemployment claims. The benefits include a $300 weekly supplement.
"The Texas economy is booming and employers are hiring communities across the state," Abbott said in a statement. "According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the number of job openings in Texas is almost identical to the number of Texans who are receiving unemployment jobs."
TWC listed 837,273 job openings as of Monday afternoon compared to 226,849 unemployment insurance claims filed statewide between March 31 and May 1. An estimated 1 million Texans were unemployed as of March, according to latest estimates released by the state agency.
Some local business owners, including Doc's Backyard Grill owner Charles Milligan, suspect unemployment benefits are deterring Austinites from returning to work. But others agree with economists who say multiple factors are at play, including health concerns and child care availability.
We're seeing lots of posts about how nobody wants to work right now. Just wanted to share our experience.
We received over 60 resumes for a taproom bartender position we posted last week. Every applicant we've set up an interview with has shown up.
People want 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 work.
— Austin Beerworks (@AustinBeerworks) May 11, 2021
Abbott also cited fraudulent unemployment claims. Between March 2020 and April 2021, TWC received 4.48 million unemployment benefit applications, 611,000 or around 14% of which were tagged as suspicious. Most of those tagged were blocked before any benefits were paid out, according to an April 29 press release.
Federal law requires the effective date of such benefits change to be at least 30 days after the U.S. Department of Labor is notified.
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