It seems schoolkids in Britain have found a new way to exasperate, flummox and irritate The System over there. The BBC reports:
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. [Videos of the trick have been circulating on TikTok since December and a school in Liverpool, UK, recently wrote to parents to warn them about it.] So how are fruit juices, cola and devious kids fooling the tests, and is there a way to tell a fake positive result from a real one? I’ve tried to find out.
First, I thought it best to check the claims, so I cracked open bottles of cola and orange juice, then deposited a few drops directly onto LFTs. Sure enough, a few minutes later, two lines appeared on each test, supposedly indicating the presence of the virus that causes Covid-19.
There's more at the link, including a long and involved explanation of how the tests work.
What I'd like to know is how many COVID-19 tests have been faked in this way by employees wanting paid time off work, or trying to get government unemployment benefits due to their "illness"? I suspect it may be more than a few.
Schoolchildren, on the other hand… kids are going to be kids, whether we like it or not! Ingenious little so-and-so's, aren't they?