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Elon Musk promoted coronavirus misinformation for months. Then his own infection kept him out of SpaceX's astronaut launch.

Elon Musk promoted coronavirus misinformation for months. Then his own infection kept him out of SpaceX's astronaut launch.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has repeatedly criticized coronavirus public-health measures.
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Elon Musk has promoted unscientific ideas and misinformation about coronavirus case numbers and testing since March.




But Musk tested positive for COVID-19 this month, which prevented him from attending SpaceX's landmark astronaut launch.




Musk then reached out to an epidemiologist to help him understand PCR testing after months of skepticism and speculation.




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Elon Musk's rocket company launched its first full crew into space earlier this month, but he wasn't allowed to be there in person.As SpaceX sent the four astronauts careening towards the International Space Station, Musk was feeling fatigued and had the sniffles. He had tested positive for COVID-19 days earlier, so NASA wouldn't let him into its Florida facilities.Musk told his 40 million Twitter followers that he'd been experiencing "mild" symptoms a?? sniffles, cough, and a slight fever a?? but that he didn't trust his test results.
Elon Musk promoted coronavirus misinformation for months. Then his own infection kept him out of SpaceX's astronaut launch.

The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Crew-1 mission lifts off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, November 15, 2020.
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