12th July 2021  Product update: rapidvirology staff writer

Study Finds Schoolkids' Favourite Soft Drinks React with SARS-CoV-2 Lateral-Flow Test


The study that investigated if Innova SARS-Cov-2 lateral-flow test devices (LFD) could be tampered with using sugary soft drinks to give a desired positive result has been published on pre-print server MedRxiv.

Lead author Dr. L. Oni, who works in the Department of Paediatric Nephrology, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust Hospital, Liverpool and is senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool, undertook the study after reports that young people on social media suggested soft drinks might be misused as LFD analyte and produce a seemingly positive result.

The study found that 10 out of 14 popular soft drinks could provide a positive result. However, the exact mechanism of action or the actual ingredient that reacts with the antibodies is still unknown.

The user leaflet for the test kit states, “Do not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes before doing the test to reduce the risk of spoiling the test,” and Dr. L Oni recommends daily LFD testing supervised and performed first thing in the morning, before the consumption of any food or drinks.


    

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Date Published: 12th July 2021

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