The Accuracy of Coronavirus Tests is Being Questioned

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  • Professional US golfer Cameron Champ withdrew from the PGA Tours Travelers Championship after testing positive for the coronavirus last week; however, after five days, he tested negative three times
  • This has led to questions about the accuracy and reliability of these tests
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk has also questioned the accurary of these tests, concerned that false positive results may be artificially inflating case counts
  • However, PGA Tour spokeswoman Laura Neal said Champ's test wasn't a false positive, and that there's a medical explanation for the sudden negative test results
  • Neal said a negative test result a few days after a positive one could mean: the person is on the upswing of getting ill and has a low viral load; the person is a low-viral load carrier, or; the person is recovering from the virus