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How you can fact check claims about Covid-19

How you can fact check claims about Covid-19

There’s a lot of misinformation about Covid-19, so Full Fact is sharing its top tips on how to check if a claim is true.

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No evidence Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine affects women’s fertility

The vaccine causes an immune response to a spike protein, but this almost certainly won’t make the body attack the placenta.

RNA Covid-19 vaccines will not change your DNA

Several candidate vaccines use this technology.

The Covid-19 recovery rate is not 99.9%

Posts on social media have overestimated the Covid recovery rate.

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Bad information ruins lives. It promotes hate, damages people’s health, and hurts democracy. You deserve better.

Vaccines

Vaccines

Vaccine misinformation is dangerous and threatens to prolong the pandemic. Stay informed with our latest fact checks.

28 October 2022

Facebook post linking Covid-19 vaccines with report about cancer in the under-50s is misleading

There is no evidence that the Covid-19 vaccines are causing cancer.

24 October 2022

Claims that Pfizer vaccine wasn’t tested on preventing transmission need context

Post-trial studies showed the Covid-19 vaccine offered some protection against transmission of early variants.

17 October 2022

The mRNA vaccines don’t show Covid-19 ‘doesn’t exist’

A post has wrongly claimed Pfizer and Moderna vaccines do not contain a live virus because SARS-CoV-2 doesn’t exist.

Causes

Causes

There is more than one “coronavirus” and they’ve existed for years. There’s no evidence anybody manufactured it deliberately, and it has nothing to do with 5G.

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.

11 November 2021

SARS-CoV-2 does exist

It has now been sequenced over a million times in the UK.

14 October 2021

Social media post appears to overstate risk of vaccine blood clots

A Facebook post implies the risk of developing a blood clot or heart problem from a Covid-19 vaccine outweighs the benefits.

Symptoms

Symptoms

The key symptoms are usually a high temperature and a new, continuous cough. Other symptoms like a runny nose don’t rule it out.

6 April 2022

Mirror wrong to say catching Covid in warm weather cuts risk of long Covid

Surveys on the prevalence of long Covid did not measure the difference between groups of people based on when they caught Covid in the first place, nor necessarily based on when they experienced long

18 February 2022

Washington Post overstates prevalence of long Covid

The Washington Post claimed at least 50% of people who survive Covid-19 have debilitating health issues in the months afterwards. Official estimates are far lower.

4 February 2022

Vaccinated Brits won’t have AIDS by the end of February 2022

An article posted on Facebook makes baseless claims that vaccines cause AIDS and will lead to a huge number of deaths in children.

Prevention

Prevention

There’s no evidence that water or high temperatures will prevent infection, though some are good for your health in general. Washing your hands with soap is best.

18 July 2022

Vaccinated people are not more likely to die of Covid-19

A blog post looks at how many vaccinated vs unvaccinated people have died, while ignoring mortality rates.

13 July 2022

Covid-19 vaccines do not harm fertility

An article from the misinformation site, the Exposé, is full of false information about fertility, based on misrepresented science.

22 March 2022

Express publishes misleading article about safety of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine

A recently published US document listing adverse events does not show “side effects” of the vaccine. Nor is it the first time the public have been able to see data from its clinical trials.

Treatment

Treatment

There’s currently no proven cure for the virus and you should be wary of methods professing to cure it like hot drinks or gargling salt water.

12 September 2022

Russell Brand admits falsely claiming that ivermectin is a Covid-19 treatment

A page of the National Institutes of Health website says that ivermectin is not recommended, and does not work, as a treatment for Covid-19.

22 February 2022

News clip doesn’t prove Queen is being treated with ivermectin

Screenshots and clips of an Australian news segment about Queen Elizabeth II have been shared widely online.

4 February 2022

Vaccinated Brits won’t have AIDS by the end of February 2022

An article posted on Facebook makes baseless claims that vaccines cause AIDS and will lead to a huge number of deaths in children.

Statistics

Statistics

Use sources like NHS England and the ONS for figures on deaths and testing, but be aware they’re not always up-to-date and may not cover all cases so far.

23 September 2022

Claims exaggerate the number of Covid-19 deaths in 2022

Far fewer people are dying of Covid-19 in 2022 compared with 2021 and 2020—although some sources of data make the numbers look higher.

6 May 2022

There were not 65,000 flu deaths in the winter of 2017/18

We’re not sure where this number comes from, but official estimates suggest it’s more than double the true figure.

20 April 2022

Number of death certificates with only Covid-19 is a bad estimate of the death toll

To the end of 2021, over 150,000 deaths in the UK had been registered with Covid-19 as the underlying cause.

Viral posts on social media

Viral posts on social media

If you’re not sure, don’t share. Many posts falsely claim to be from the government or NHS, and you can reverse-search photos online to check they’re accurate.

25 November 2022

Covid-19 variants including Delta are real

The post claims that the Delta variant is fake.

23 November 2022

Facebook post misinterprets BBC report on a ‘spike’ in neonatal deaths

The BBC article said that “two spikes” in the neonatal death rate had occurred in Scotland—not that spike proteins had been found in babies’ bodies.

28 October 2022

Facebook post linking Covid-19 vaccines with report about cancer in the under-50s is misleading

There is no evidence that the Covid-19 vaccines are causing cancer.

Ask Full Fact

Ask Full Fact

We've asked readers to send in their questions about Covid-19, to help sort the good information from the bad. Check out our answers here.

5 November 2021

Pregnancy, vaccination and going to work - what does the guidance say?

Readers have asked us what the guidance says on going into work while pregnant, and what employers need to do to ensure safety.

9 September 2021

Viral video makes incorrect claims about teenagers and vaccine consent

A 2020 court case, known as Bell vs Tavistock, doesn’t mean it’s illegal to vaccinate teenagers without parental consent or a court order

13 July 2021

No evidence Covid-19 vaccines are 'overwhelming' NHS services

A website article misleadingly claims the Covid-19 vaccine drive has “overwhelmed” the NHS.

All Covid-19 fact checks

All Covid-19 fact checks

It’s vital that everyone receives clear, factual information about Covid-19. We are working to correct misinformation about the virus.

25 November 2022

Covid-19 variants including Delta are real

The post claims that the Delta variant is fake.

25 November 2022

How much of the rise in ‘economic inactivity’ is due to long Covid?

A BBC news bulletin claimed a recent rise in the number of people who are neither working nor looking for work is “largely because of long Covid”. But there are reasons to believe much of the rise is

23 November 2022

Facebook post misinterprets BBC report on a ‘spike’ in neonatal deaths

The BBC article said that “two spikes” in the neonatal death rate had occurred in Scotland—not that spike proteins had been found in babies’ bodies.

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