Full Fact fights bad information.

We’re a team of independent fact checkers and campaigners who find, expose and counter the harm it does.

What was claimed

Published in the Daily Express

Reported in a national newspaper

Coronavirus may have been genetically engineered for “efficient spreading in the human population,” a bombshell new study has claimed.

Our verdict

This is wrong and the study does not claim the new coronavirus has been genetically engineered. It simply compares the genome sequence of SARS-CoV-2 with other coronaviruses, and suggests a reason why it might be spreading relatively efficiently.

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What was claimed

Published on social media

Readers asked us to check this

Children can’t get the new coronavirus.

Our verdict

Children can get Covid-19 but there have been relatively few cases in children and in general, their symptoms tend to be milder.

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What was claimed

Published on social media

Widely shared on Facebook

Coronaviruses can live on surfaces for up to 28 days, so you should be careful if you receive a package from China.

Our verdict

There is currently no evidence that this virus can survive on surfaces that long. Most other coronaviruses do not. Current health advice suggests the risk of contracting the virus from a package is very low.

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It can’t be left to Facebook to safeguard democracy

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Our policy work and impact

The government must stick to its pledge to increase online political campaign transparency

In response to the Queen's Speech, Full Fact urges the government to prioritise reforms to electoral laws

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How we use AI to help fact check party manifestos

As part of our efforts to fact check the 2019 general election, we’ve been using our AI tools to scrutinise the manifestos of the main parties

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