In order to avoid going to class for 10 days, young British people are falsifying Covid-19 antigen test with substances such as orange juice, after viral videos became popular on social networks that advise how to do it.

Several British media have echoed this trend, including the newspaper The Guardian -which assured this Friday to have verified the experiment with the help of scientists-, which could be in the acid of fruit juices and products such as ketchup or Coca Cola, among others.

Given these videos that have exceeded more than 6.5 million views on TikTok, according to the newspaper iNews, and which have also become popular on other social networks, such as Facebook, the British verification platform Full Fact confirmed those properties of certain substances.

“We know that high acid foods can break antigen tests and make it look positive“confirmed Full Fact.

The manipulation of a positive antigen test within the educational setting can cause the formal isolation of a group of students and also their families, he pointed to The Guardian the professor of biostatistics at the University of Birmingham, Jon Deeks.

For his part, the general secretary of the Association of School and University Leaders, Geoff Barton, trusted that it is a “very small minority of students”, whom he remembered in iNews what is “the best place to learn chemical reactions”: school.

The social network TikTok has moved a tab, since when trying to enter the controversial hashtag, #fakecovidtest, the following message appears: “It could be associated with behaviors or content that violate our rules“.


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