Health

Fact checks about medical conditions, the NHS, social care and government funding of national health services

18 January 2022

Lemonade and Fanta don’t test positive for Covid-19

Testing lateral flows with random things produces an invalid result.

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Lemonade and Fanta don’t test positive for Covid-19
17 January 2022

The CDC has not ‘dropped’ all PCR tests

One type of PCR test has been ‘dropped’ in favour of others that are more efficient and can be processed more quickly.

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The CDC has not ‘dropped’ all PCR tests
13 January 2022

Doctor who challenged Sajid Javid made misleading claims about vaccines

A doctor who challenged Sajid Javid on live TV misleadingly suggested Covid-19 vaccines are less effective than the evidence suggests.

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Doctor who challenged Sajid Javid made misleading claims about vaccines
13 January 2022

UKHSA data reaffirms that vaccines work against Omicron

An online article has again misinterpreted data from the UKHSA to claim vaccines don’t prevent Covid-19 hospitalisation and death.

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UKHSA data reaffirms that vaccines work against Omicron
12 January 2022

Breastfeeding linked to reduced risk of heart disease

A study finding a link between breastfeeding and a reduced risk of heart disease could not confirm whether there was a causal link between the two.

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Breastfeeding linked to reduced risk of heart disease
12 January 2022

Soft drinks shouldn’t be ‘tested’ with lateral flow tests and asymptomatic transmission is not ‘quackery’

We have written about similar false claims many times before.

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Soft drinks shouldn’t be ‘tested’ with lateral flow tests  and asymptomatic transmission is not ‘quackery’
11 January 2022

What were the rules on outdoor parties in May 2020?

Large gatherings in public spaces were certainly not allowed, but Downing Street is also a workplace, so other rules may have applied.

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What were the rules on outdoor parties in May 2020?
10 January 2022

Control swabs aren’t meant to be used for patient testing

Lateral flow control swabs are used to check that the test is working properly and should not be used for patient testing.

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Control swabs aren’t meant to be used for patient testing
10 January 2022

Betty White did not get a Covid-19 booster vaccine three days before she died

Multiple social media posts falsely report actress Betty White had her third Covid vaccine three days before she died.

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Betty White did not get a Covid-19 booster vaccine three days before she died
10 January 2022

Boris Johnson misspoke about unvaccinated people in ICU

Around 90% of Covid ICU admissions have not received a booster, but only about 61% are not vaccinated at all.

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Boris Johnson misspoke about unvaccinated people in ICU

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