Warning to 'check your Covid tests' as virus-related hospital admissions surge

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Covid-related hospital admissions have surged as a result of the new FLiRT variant - and anyone considering taking a test at home has been urged to make one simple check first. An aircraft mechanic has made a 'public service announcement' to warn people they risk a false result if they do not cast a careful eye over their kits.

The 23-year-old took to TikTok to urge people to check the expiration date of any tests they may have lying around. He told those following his @flying_chaos account: "If you have at home Covid test kits sitting around, check their expiration date because it could be expired."

He continued: "And if they're expired, they could give you a false positive or a false negative. We're not able to go back to work because of a possible false positive - two possible false positives. Check your Covid tests, make sure they're not expired please!"

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Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist at Zoe, also encouraged people to check the dates, having previously told the Huffington Post : "Lateral flow tests or LFTs do come with an expiry date on the box. However, the date on those can vary widely and we are still unsure how inaccurate they become.

"An expired test will produce invalid results. If you have a few boxes at home, it would be wise to take a quick look for the date and use them in order of which box runs out first." Although the NHS said rapid antigen Covid-tests were typically good for up to two years, it was important to check individual test kits, as some may vary.

The new FLiRT variants were being monitored by the Government both in the UK and internationally, however more data was said to be needed to draw any conclusions about the variant's severity. The Mirror has previously reported that as of June 16, the rate of Covid-19 related hospital admissions stood at 3.31 per 100,000 people, marking a 23 per cent jump from the previous week.