Get the facts: Health

9 April 2021

Why you can’t compare deaths after a positive Covid-19 test with deaths after a vaccine

Deaths soon after catching Covid are usually caused by it. Deaths soon after a Covid vaccine usually are not.

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Why you can’t compare deaths after a positive Covid-19 test with deaths after a vaccine
9 April 2021

‘Why would we suddenly go to them and lie?’: How councils and communities are working together to fight vaccine misinformation

For councils, increasing vaccine uptake is a matter of increasing accessibility and addressing fears by fighting misinformation. We spoke to councils across England to find out how they’re doing it.

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‘Why would we suddenly go to them and lie?’: How councils and communities are working together to fight vaccine misinformation
9 April 2021

The chance of being killed by a cow and other AstraZeneca vaccine risk comparisons explained

Is it a cow? Is it a plane? The hunt for a straightforward way to explain the AstraZeneca vaccine risk is complicated.

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The chance of being killed by a cow and other AstraZeneca vaccine risk comparisons explained
8 April 2021

What’s a PCR test cycle threshold and why it matters

It’s been falsely claimed the WHO said PCR tests are flawed. It said “weak positive” cases with high “cycle thresholds” may need to be retested.

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What’s a PCR test cycle threshold and why it matters
8 April 2021

What’s going on with the AstraZeneca vaccine?

The risks, what the government has said, and what’s happening for under-30s.

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What’s going on with the AstraZeneca vaccine?
8 April 2021

Zero hours workers not excluded from self-isolation payments

Payments of £500 are available to eligible low-income or benefit-receiving workers who have to self-isolate.

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Zero hours workers not excluded from self-isolation payments
7 April 2021

Viral video contains several false pandemic claims

A woman reading out a newspaper makes several claims about the pandemic which are false or misleading.

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Viral video contains several false pandemic claims
7 April 2021

Covid-19 is not the same as a common cold

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses which include those which cause the common cold, SARS and Covid-19.

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Covid-19 is not the same as a common cold
6 April 2021

Twitter poll results don’t show ‘wide support’ for Thailand’s travel policy

An article in The Independent claims majority support for Thailand’s decision to admit vaccinated travellers. But Twitter polls mean nothing.

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Twitter poll results don’t show ‘wide support’ for Thailand’s travel policy
1 April 2021

Social media video makes false claims about Covid-19

These include common falsehoods that mRNA vaccines will change your DNA (they won’t) and that the vaccines aren’t safe and effective (they are).

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Social media video makes false claims about Covid-19
31 March 2021

Lateral flow tests are not unsafe

Posts on social media are wrong to warn that the ethylene oxide used to sterilise some Covid-19 tests makes them dangerous.

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Lateral flow tests are not unsafe
26 March 2021

Viral instagram video falsely claims Covid-19 was planned

A video falsely claims Covid-19 has been planned and its vaccine kills.

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Viral instagram video falsely claims Covid-19 was planned

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