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How you can fact check claims about the new coronavirus

How you can fact check claims about the new coronavirus

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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How you can fact check claims about the new coronavirus

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.

What we know, and what we don’t, about the true coronavirus death toll

And why it’s too soon to compare the UK’s with other countries

Has the government really hit 100,000 tests a day, and what happens next?

Full Fact has looked into the reality behind the government’s testing target.

Full Fact fights bad information

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

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.

22 October 2020

This video makes a number of inaccurate claims about the Covid-19 pandemic

We have seen similar claims before about Pirbright, Serco, and the Test and Trace system.

20 August 2020

Study doesn’t show that children are ‘silent super-spreaders’ of coronavirus

A study into the quantity of Covid-19 carried by some children does not prove they are ‘silent super-spreaders’.

18 August 2020

You cannot catch Legionnaires’ disease from a mask

Legionnaires’ disease is a bacterial infection caught through water.

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.

26 October 2020

Matt Hancock got the evidence about long Covid wrong

Younger people and those with milder illness seem less likely to be affected, according to data from the Covid Symptom Study app

27 May 2020

What did the lockdown rules say when Dominic Cummings travelled to Durham?

Some of his choices were not specifically permitted, and it appears that he did not fully explore the alternatives, as was required.

19 May 2020

Can children transmit the new coronavirus to other people?

The evidence to date suggests that it is uncommon for children to transmit the new coronavirus. Widespread antibody testing is required to fully understand this issue.

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.

26 October 2020

Teflon in masks does not pose a health risk, unless you get it extremely hot

Symptoms are similar to those described in the post, but this is rare and unlikely to be caused by normal mask-wearing

22 October 2020

This post telling healthy people to stop getting tested is full of inaccuracies

The post cites inaccurate claims about how testing and virus levels are measured.

21 October 2020

Labour’s tweet about Serco is missing some important context

Public and private contact tracers do different kinds of work, so it is difficult to compare their performance.

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.

4 September 2020

Unlicensed vaccine manufacturers are immune from some, but not all, civil liability

A vaccine manufacturer would still be liable if their unlicensed product was defective.

17 August 2020

We don’t know whether “misinformation” killed 800 people

Several news reports based this claim on a scientific paper that provided little evidence in support of the figure

17 August 2020

mRNA vaccines are being developed for Covid-19, but they do not change your DNA

mRNA works by instructing cells, not altering DNA.

Lockdown

Lockdown

The UK’s lockdown remains in place and official guidance tells you the rules. Be wary of shocking images online alleging certain groups are flouting the rules.

16 October 2020

Contact tracing has not stopped in schools

Single Covid-19 cases in educational settings are being traced centrally, instead of by local teams

7 October 2020

What do lockdown restrictions mean for relationships around the UK?

Readers have asked Full Fact to explain how lockdown rules impact their relationships.

5 October 2020

Boris Johnson makes an error about quarantine payments

It is £500 for the whole period of self-isolation, not £500 per week.

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.

26 October 2020

Matt Hancock got the evidence about long Covid wrong

Younger people and those with milder illness seem less likely to be affected, according to data from the Covid Symptom Study app

26 October 2020

Facebook post about falling flu and pneumonia deaths is wrong

The widely shared Facebook post contains a number of inaccuracies about the number of people who have died from flu, pneumonia and Covid-19.

21 October 2020

Labour’s tweet about Serco is missing some important context

Public and private contact tracers do different kinds of work, so it is difficult to compare their performance.

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.

26 October 2020

Facebook post about falling flu and pneumonia deaths is wrong

The widely shared Facebook post contains a number of inaccuracies about the number of people who have died from flu, pneumonia and Covid-19.

26 October 2020

Teflon in masks does not pose a health risk, unless you get it extremely hot

Symptoms are similar to those described in the post, but this is rare and unlikely to be caused by normal mask-wearing

23 October 2020

The inventor of PCR never said it wasn’t designed to detect infectious diseases

Rumours about the inventor of the process of PCR, which is used to test whether someone currently has Covid-19, have been spreading on social media.

Ask Full Fact

Ask Full Fact

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

21 October 2020

Some Covid-positive students are being recorded at their home addresses

The government confirms students who do not register with a new GP at university are recorded as testing positive at their home address.

7 October 2020

What do lockdown restrictions mean for relationships around the UK?

Readers have asked Full Fact to explain how lockdown rules impact their relationships.

24 September 2020

How does a Covid-19 test work?

The common cold will not produce a positive result on a Covid-19 diagnostic test.

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.

26 October 2020

Matt Hancock got the evidence about long Covid wrong

Younger people and those with milder illness seem less likely to be affected, according to data from the Covid Symptom Study app

26 October 2020

Facebook post about falling flu and pneumonia deaths is wrong

The widely shared Facebook post contains a number of inaccuracies about the number of people who have died from flu, pneumonia and Covid-19.

26 October 2020

Teflon in masks does not pose a health risk, unless you get it extremely hot

Symptoms are similar to those described in the post, but this is rare and unlikely to be caused by normal mask-wearing

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