Here’s How Kids Are Using Soft Drinks to Fake Positive Results on COVID-19 Tests

ScienceAlert | Jul 2, 2021 at 2:00 AM
  • Children are always going to find cunning ways to bunk off school, and the latest trick is to fake a positive COVID-19 lateral flow test (LFT) using soft drinks.
  • The virus is then bound to both sets of antibodies – leaving everything, including the gold, immobilized on a line next to the T on the device, indicating a positive test.
  • Maintaining an ideal pH for the antibodies is key to the correct function of the test, and that’s the job of the liquid buffer solution that you mix your sample with, provided with the test.