Malaysians Have Been Using Tap Water On Covid-19 Self-Test Kits To Prove It Is Faulty
While Covid-19 cases are at an all-time high in Malaysia, people are starting to buy self-test kits in bulk to make sure they stay clear from the virus. Meanwhile, some Malaysians on social media are trying to prove these Covid-19 self-test kits are faulty by using dripping plain tap water into the sample wells of the kits.
In the viral videos, Malaysian showed that their kits displayed 'positive' results after running tap water into the sample wells, claiming that the health authorities and manufacturers of self-test kits are conspiring against the public with ineffective kits. As netizens began to worry whether the videos are real or fake news, many of the videos were taken down.
Malaysia's Medical Device Authority (MDA) recently addressed the issue by reminding everybody to use the test kits in accordance with their intended purpose and instructions, or they will display misleading and pointless results. "Based on a two-minute video, the usage method shown does not follow the instructions as in the label and leaflet included in the test kit," they said.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control, the Covid-19 virus is not transmissible in water supplies, so the results with tap water are definitely false positives. A US manufacturer of Covid-19 self-test kits added, by using anything other than nasal secretions and the reagent included in the kit can throw off the antibodies that are on the strip.
Credit: International Journal of Infectious Diseases
"We observed that all [drinks] caused the appearance of a red test line. However, when equal volumes of the buffer and the respective beverages are mixed, there are no false positive test lines," authors of a study published in the International Journal of Infectious Disease wrote.