London Covid: Why you should not share photos of your lateral flow test on social media

You cannot scroll through Twitter or Facebook at this time without at least one person sharing their lateral flow test result.

But while many of us just see this as harmless, a warning has been issued to post pictures of the results on social media.

An increase in the number of fake Covid passes being issued has been reported, posing a problem for companies that need to see them before shutting people into a venue.

The offense carries a fine of up to £ 10,000 if caught, Wales Online reports.

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A warning has been issued to share your test result online

Shahzad Ali, CEO of Get Licensed, has warned that fake Covid passes will compromise the safety of venues such as nightclubs, and has also warned people about the dangers of posting their lateral flow test results on social media.

Shahzad said: “We have seen fake documentation for many years, for example, fake IDs have been a regular feature of nightclubs for a number of years.

“This is just a new complication that door supervisors will soon get used to facing. It was always inevitable that fake Covid passports would start popping up as soon as there were rumors that they were being introduced.

“While grossly unethical and potentially very dangerous, it is also illegal to use / deliver / distribute fake Covid passports and you could be fined £ 10,000 if caught.

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“There’s obviously going to be a market for Covid passports, because there will be people who want to live their lives as normal and not have to take Covid tests for things they should not before, so it’s extremely important that you take care of your Covid passport.

“Our advice would be to avoid posting it on social media, not sharing the code from the lateral flow you have taken because others could register it as their test.

“Covid passports will potentially make the job of door supervisors much more difficult, especially when we consider the consequences of people being particularly approachable with their beliefs, it can make the job much more dangerous.”


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