Teenagers in UK are faking Covid-19 positive tests using lemon juice and other hacks from TikTok 

Teenagers in UK are faking Covid-19 positive tests using lemon juice and other hacks from TikTok 

Teenagers in the UK have found a new way to bunk schools. It has been reported that the students are learning and sharing tips on how to fake covid positive tests.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The videos of people using juices, vinegar to get Covid positive results in lateral flow tests are being extensively shared on TikTok.
  • Teenagers are faking covid tests to skip school.
  • The education leaders in the UK have warned against the practice and called it extremely “unhelpful”.

Teenagers in the UK have found a new way to bunk schools. It has been reported that the students are learning and sharing tips on how to fake covid positive tests. The videos of people using juices, vinegar to get Covid positive results in lateral flow tests are being extensively shared and posted on TikTok. The education leaders in the UK have warned against the practice and called it extremely “unhelpful”.

As per a report published by iNews UK, teenagers have picked up some absolutely grotesque tips from TikTok and that includes faking a Covid-19 positive test. The report states that the students were seen applying lemon juice and various other liquids to lateral flow tests to get a Covid- 19 positive result. There are not one but many such videos being shared on TikTok. The videos have garnered a million views on the platform.

The publication reveals that the videos are being uploaded under the #fakecovidtest hashtag. They have been viewed more than 6.5 million times. There is also a dedicated TikTok account by the same name that now has over 20,000 followers.

Users are mostly uploading videos of them testing combinations of Lemon juice, Apple sauce, Coca Cola, vinegar, hand sanitiser on rapid antigen tests. The whole idea is to get a Covid positive result so that the pupils can skip school. Education leaders have expressed concern over the growing practice.

“We are sure this involves a very small minority of pupils, and that for the most part the tests are used correctly. However, we would urge parents to ensure that tests are not being misused, and we would suggest to pupils who are interested in chemical reactions that the best place to learn about them is in chemistry lessons in school,” Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, told iNews.

A Fact-checking organisation called Full Fact, which is based in the UK, has said that fizzy drinks and citrus fruits can make the rapid antigen test display a positive result but when used on humans, it rarely displays false-positive results.

A TikTok spokesperson told the publication that the platform removes misinformation related to Covid-19. “Our community guidelines make clear that we remove content which includes misleading information that causes harm, including medical misinformation related to Covid-19, and anti-vaccine disinformation more broadly. Since the start of the pandemic, we have worked to provide our community with access to trusted information, and through our partnership with Team Halo, scientists from all over the world have shared how vaccinations are created and tested for safety.”

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