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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.

2 December 2020

Covid-19 is an infectious disease, and a video claiming it isn’t is wrong

The woman in this video is wrong to blame radiation—and wrong about other things as well

24 November 2020

Research suggesting increased Covid-19 risk for dog-owners may be barking up the wrong tree

The research claims dog walkers have a higher risk of catching Covid-19 but it has a number of methodological flaws.

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.

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.

24 November 2020

Danish study on mask efficacy only tells us half the story

A Spectator article suggests a new study which found mask-wearing didn’t lower Covid-19 infection rates is proof masks don’t work. But the study didn’t look at whether masks help others.

26 October 2020

PTFE in masks does not pose a health risk, unless you get it very 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.

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 December 2020

Vaccine approval isn’t quicker because of Brexit

The MHRA could have given the Pfizer vaccine the same emergency approval when the UK was in the EU.

25 November 2020

GPs and other frontline medical workers will be among the first to receive a Covid-19 vaccine

The government has published plans on who will be vaccinated first.

23 November 2020

This picture of a vaccine vial from March 2020 is real

The Oxford vaccine has been in development since January 2020.

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.

3 December 2020

Telegraph wrong on Whitty and Vallance statements

Allison Pearson claimed Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance cherry-picked rising hospital bed occupancy figures in the coronavirus briefing last week. They didn’t.

2 December 2020

Mersey Care has only had five Covid-19 deaths because it is a mental health and disability services trust

This is the second time we’ve seen FOI requests on Covid-19 deaths sent to trusts who are unlikely to deal with seriously ill coronavirus patients.

2 December 2020

Covid-19 is an infectious disease, and a video claiming it isn’t is wrong

The woman in this video is wrong to blame radiation—and wrong about other things as well

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.

2 December 2020

Mersey Care has only had five Covid-19 deaths because it is a mental health and disability services trust

This is the second time we’ve seen FOI requests on Covid-19 deaths sent to trusts who are unlikely to deal with seriously ill coronavirus patients.

2 December 2020

Covid-19 is an infectious disease, and a video claiming it isn’t is wrong

The woman in this video is wrong to blame radiation—and wrong about other things as well

30 November 2020

The Pfizer Covid-19 candidate vaccine is not too cold to be called a vaccine

The Ebola vaccine had to be stored at temperatures this low too.

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.

5 November 2020

What does the new lockdown mean for childcare in England?

Our readers have asked us how the new lockdown rules affect childcare.

5 November 2020

Fact-checking claims on coronavirus transmission in schools

Our readers have asked us to look into claims made by the NEU and Skwawkbox about Covid-19 transmission in schools.

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.

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.

4 December 2020

Vaccine approval isn’t quicker because of Brexit

The MHRA could have given the Pfizer vaccine the same emergency approval when the UK was in the EU.

3 December 2020

Telegraph wrong on Whitty and Vallance statements

Allison Pearson claimed Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance cherry-picked rising hospital bed occupancy figures in the coronavirus briefing last week. They didn’t.

2 December 2020

Mersey Care has only had five Covid-19 deaths because it is a mental health and disability services trust

This is the second time we’ve seen FOI requests on Covid-19 deaths sent to trusts who are unlikely to deal with seriously ill coronavirus patients.

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