It’s been a few days
since Elon Musk pointed out a few loopholes in COVID-19 testing. He tweeted on Friday that he had tested twice positive and twice negative for COVID-19 after
taking the test. He had come back from his trip to Berlin in a private jet and
soon after experienced minor symptoms.
He tweeted that
something extremely bogus was going on and that demanded everyone’s attention.
His tweets, of course, didn’t go down well with people, especially in the
medical industry. If you think that this was the first time Elon Musk said
something outrageously stupid on Twitter about the Coronavirus, you’re wrong.
The man has not shut up since the day news regarding lockdown started making
The SpaceX Chief Executive
has had several moments in the past where he’s made skeptical judgments on public platforms. However, this time, he was putting dirt over the tests that
are critical to making the diagnosis. Naturally, many academics didn’t seem
interested in what he had to say but some vocalized their criticism. One of
them even ended up comparing his behavior to Space Karen.
Emma Bell, a
bioinformatics postdoc from Canada was appalled by his tweet. She quoted his
“bogus” tweet and explained to him why exactly the results aren’t unusual. She
was also quick to refer to him as Space Karen of the internet.
Karen, as you may
already know, is a pejorative slang term that is used for angry, entitled, and
occasionally racist white suburban women.
Karens enjoy being the center of
attention and they love to make a mountain out of a molehill. You may also be aware
that they are often depicted in memes within images where White women either
have a bob haircut or long nails. This joke is actually enjoyed by everyone on
social media, even Karens use them. Anyway, someone photoshopped it over Musk’s
mug, giving us a reason to laugh ridiculously.
Here’s the mystery
solved: Rapid antigen tests essentially search for components of Coronavirus
protein and they provide the results in less than one hour. These tests are
rapid as the name claims and cheap – making it easier for people who’ve come in
large groups. The only problem is that the results are not accurate all the
time. You need to have an active virus and symptoms to be able to find these
components in the sample.
Coming back to Musk, he
took four antigen tests after which he got the PCR – based tests done. These
tests are considered to be the gold standard, as they’re highly accurate and
precise. Even after finding out the actual truth, the man can’t stop posting
currently found in four types: causing the common cold, including 229E, NL63, OC43,
and HKU1; they are responsible for causing moderate upper-respiratory tract
illnesses. However, these are only the four common types of cold, and in
reality, there are more than 200. Some of them include rhinoviruses, a unique
class of pathogens. Like other things in the world, viruses are also diverse,
and that is the reason why there isn’t one exact vaccine that’s suitable to
treat them all.
Okay, so who remembers
the time when Musk was reluctant to take this pandemic seriously and basically
forced his factory workers to come to work? He also threatened to move his
factory out of California because the government had ordered to shut it down
due to the lockdown. The man is now making bogus claims on Twitter, knowing how
dangerous it could be.
Anyway, the internet
has its ways – and their perfect revenge is, as usual, in the form of memes. Viral
memes of Elon Musk can be considered as the best memes of 2020. And so, below are some of the reactions and
COVID top 20 memes, making rounds in best memes of 2020, viral memes of Elon Musk’s Covid memes, which are a response to his reckless tweets: