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The world’s richest man has apparently tested positive for the world’s most prevalent virus.
In his often-cryptic style, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, a vaccinated father of 7 whose eligible children have also reportedly received the jab, provided the following update to his nearly 80 million Twitter followers:
“Covid-19 is the virus of Theseus. How many gene changes before it’s not Covid-19 anymore? I supposedly have it again (sigh), but almost no symptoms.”
According to the World History Encyclopedia, “Theseus is a legendary hero from Greek mythology who was considered an early king of Athens. Famously killing villains, Amazons, and centaurs, his most celebrated adventure was his slaying of the fearsome Minotaur of the Cretan king Minos. In the Classical period, Theseus came to represent the perfect Athenian — the just man-of-action determined to serve his city as best he could and staunch defender of democracy.”
Musk might instead be referring to the Theseus paradox, which according to a university library “is a thought experiment that raises the question of whether an object that has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object.”
Covid-19 is the virus of Theseus.
How many gene changes before it’s not Covid-19 anymore?
I supposedly have it again (sigh), but almost no symptoms.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 28, 2022
Musk “questioned the accuracy of COVID-19 tests in November 2020 after claiming that results showed he tested positive twice and then negative twice all on the same day,” Reuters recalled.
At the time, he described the effects as “Mild sniffles & cough & slight fever past few days. Right now, no symptoms, although I did take NyQuil.”
About a year ago, Musk prompted some degree of controversy by alluding to some debate over the safety of a second COVID dose, but then issued a clarifying tweet in which he backed the coronavirus vaccination.
Musk opposes vaccine mandates, however, and was not a particular fan of lockdowns.
Separately, the visionary and sometimes controversial or quirky entrepreneur seems less-than-inspired by the Biden administration.
To be clear, I do support vaccines in general & covid vaccines specifically. The science is unequivocal.
In very rare cases, there is an allergic reaction, but this is easily addressed with an EpiPen.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 7, 2021
Over the weekend, Musk prompted a lot of social media excitement by admitting he is seriously considering creating a no-censorship, free-speech rival platform to Twitter.
On Sunday, perhaps in a related message, he joked “Seize the memes of production!”
Elon Musk pans Twitter over free speech, asks ‘is a new platform needed’ … followers have a better idea https://t.co/yAsu25KNDs
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) March 27, 2022
Musk, 50, is also supplying internet access to war-torn Ukraine via his Starlink broadband satellite service.
“The recent announcement by Musk happened to be made as Tesla’s car plant in Shanghai, China paused production due to a partial city lockdown put in place to contain the deadly virus,” People claimed in the context of the Monday tweet.
The immigrant from South Africa has a staggering estimated net worth of about $287 billion, putting him at the top of Forbes’ Real-Time Billionaires List.
Although some Twitter users seem to be mocking Musk apparently for purportedly downplaying the virus in the past, others appear to be more synergetic. Here is just a small sample of the responses:
— Sascha (潘賞世) Pallenberg (@sascha_p) March 28, 2022
Here in Sweden I barely know anyone who hasn’t had covid.
It’s a nothing burger.
— CTO Larsson (@ctoLarsson) March 28, 2022
So Covid is like the flu? Was told for two years I was killing old people by saying this.
— ! (@kellyk3059) March 28, 2022
Drink plenty of water! It’s a virus. It won’t disappear. Just keep changing and weakening. Have some rest. Stay safe and do not work!
— ARTΞME (@StellaAmato4) March 28, 2022
You might have COVID, but it doesn’t have you.
— Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) March 28, 2022
Caught it a giga Berlin Event probably?
— Tesla_Adri (@tesla_adri) March 28, 2022
I would recommend googling it as I cannot do it justice but briefly.
Elon here is referencing the Theseus’ Ship Paradox which simply goes like this:
If, everday, you replace a plank of wood on a ship. Eventually there will be none of the old planks. Is it still the old ship?
— Calibri Lite (@FreedJustine777) March 28, 2022
The question is this genetic changing, natural or man-made?
— 墨博士 (@Dr_Mo2019) March 28, 2022
Not necessarily. My husband is 3x vaccinated and just got over a very mild but symptomatic case.
— Octopus 🐙 (@Octopuslolol) March 28, 2022
Elon where did you go to medical school? Asking for a friend.
— Cautiously optimistic Mariner fan (@erth1006) March 28, 2022
Omicron is pretty nasty. Basically, it give a great weakness and fatigue. However, I would not say that it is more difficult than any other seasonal virus. I wish you get better ASAP 🤗
— Eva Fox 🦊❤️🇺🇦 (@EvaFoxU) March 28, 2022
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