Get the facts: Health

15 January 2021

We don’t know whether teachers are more likely to catch Covid

Claims that infections among teachers are up to 333% above the average use incomparable datasets

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We don’t know whether teachers are more likely to catch Covid
13 January 2021

Do you need to carry proof if you’re exempt from wearing a mask?

The government says you don’t need to carry proof by law but the police union says you might need to show it to avoid a fine.

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Do you need to carry proof if you’re exempt from wearing a mask?
12 January 2021

You don’t need your NHS number to get a Covid-19 vaccine

A widely shared post on social media claims people who don’t know their NHS number are causing a ‘bottleneck’.

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You don’t need your NHS number to get a Covid-19 vaccine
11 January 2021

There are excess deaths in England and these PHE reports don’t prove otherwise

Reporting lags over Christmas distorted Public Health England’s estimates, which have since been updated.

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There are excess deaths in England and these PHE reports don’t prove otherwise
11 January 2021

The laws introducing a third English lockdown do not make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory

Parliament did vote on new regulations on Wednesday, but these new rules didn’t make vaccines mandatory.

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The laws introducing a third English lockdown do not make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory
8 January 2021

Flawed comparisons between test and trace systems go viral

Claims suggesting the system in England costs vastly more than those in Wales and Ireland uses incomparable figures.

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Flawed comparisons between test and trace systems go viral
8 January 2021

More people are dying than usual at the moment

Dr John Lee claimed on talkRADIO that the number of deaths is below the long-term average, but this isn’t true.

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More people are dying than usual at the moment
7 January 2021

A satirical caption in a South African newspaper under a picture of a British woman getting the vaccine has caused confusion

The photo of a woman getting a Covid-19 vaccine has been used as evidence that the media is lying to people.

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A satirical caption in a South African newspaper under a picture of a British woman getting the vaccine has caused confusion
5 January 2021

Millions—not thousands—caught Covid last year

Doctors only report a small fraction of infections through the NOIDs system.

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Millions—not thousands—caught Covid last year
23 December 2020

The government has awarded a contract to develop technology that proves you’ve recently had a negative Covid-19 test

This doesn’t mean that vaccination passports are planned.

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The government has awarded a contract to develop technology that proves you’ve recently had a negative Covid-19 test
23 December 2020

2020, the year QAnon aligned with the UK’s fears

Conspiracies that have come to define QAnon in 2020, such as distrust of authority and vaccine scepticism, have always been a big part of UK conspiracy culture.

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2020, the year QAnon aligned with the UK’s fears
22 December 2020

The needles in some syringes are supposed to ‘disappear’

Some syringes have a spring which retracts the needle once the dose is administered.

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The needles in some syringes are supposed to ‘disappear’

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