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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.

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.
7th Jul 2020

Leicester going back into lockdown has nothing to do with 5G

Leicester is one of many cities which has 5G coverage.

30th Jun 2020

Covid-19 study that links deaths to low vitamin D levels is flawed

This study has been removed from the online research library it was published on.

30th Jun 2020

What do we know about Covid-19 inequalities among people from minority ethnic groups?

There are stark inequalities in Covid-19 outcomes in the UK.

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.
27th 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.

19th 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.

15th May 2020

Testing positive for Covid-19 doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get ill

A headline in the Times conflated testing positive with Covid-19 to being “ill” with the disease.

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.
30th Jul 2020

Washing your glasses with soap can help prevent fogging when wearing a mask

The soap disrupts the surface tension which causes the fogging.

28th Jul 2020

You do not have to legally lower your mask for lip-readers

Lowering your mask to assist those who lip-read has been permitted, but is not legally required.

17th Jul 2020

Mask graphic contains a number of inaccuracies

A post has claimed that Covid-19 can’t be spread person to person. This is the main way the disease spreads.

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.
31st Jul 2020

The BBC did not say that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is planning to put microchips in Covid-19 vaccines

The article in question is a speculative article on the future of travel and does not mention microchips.

30th Jul 2020

The evidence shows masks do offer protection from Covid-19

A viral video claims surgical masks are “no good” as they don’t offer complete protection to the wearer. Evidence shows masks still have benefits.

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.
31st Jul 2020

Facebook post on lockdown rule changes are right for certain parts of England

As of 31 July, the lockdown rules changed for people in Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

29th Jul 2020

It’s not true that employees who have to quarantine cannot be ‘penalised’

Dominic Raab wrongly claimed people cannot be ‘penalised’ by employers if they have to quarantine after being abroad.

22nd Jul 2020

When did lockdown begin in the UK?

Matt Hancock claimed lockdown began a week before Boris Johnson instructed the country to ‘stay at home’.

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.
27th Jul 2020

Changes to government Covid-19 death data won’t make a big difference to the overall death count

The government has demanded an urgent review into the way Public Health England calculates the daily death figures from coronavirus.

23rd Jul 2020

The government was wrong on its own data on Covid-19 tests for care homes

Both Boris Johnson and the Department for Health and Social Care claimed in May that 125,000 staff in care settings and 118,000 care home residents had been tested for Covid-19. New data shows this is incorrect.

23rd Jul 2020

It’s not true that 58% of Covid-19 deaths in Scotland were in care homes

A widely shared Facebook post wrongly claims that 58% of Scotland’s coronavirus deaths took place in care homes.

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.
31st Jul 2020

Facebook post on lockdown rule changes are right for certain parts of England

As of 31 July, the lockdown rules changed for people in Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

31st Jul 2020

The BBC did not say that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is planning to put microchips in Covid-19 vaccines

The article in question is a speculative article on the future of travel and does not mention microchips.

30th Jul 2020

Washing your glasses with soap can help prevent fogging when wearing a mask

The soap disrupts the surface tension which causes the fogging.

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.
27th Jul 2020

Changes to government Covid-19 death data won’t make a big difference to the overall death count

The government has demanded an urgent review into the way Public Health England calculates the daily death figures from coronavirus.

15th Jul 2020

What is the guidance on face coverings and how has it changed?

As face coverings are soon to become mandatory in shops in England, Full Fact takes a look at the guidance and how it has changed.

10th Jul 2020

Increase in doctors and nurses does not include Covid-19 returners

Rises in the number of full-time doctors and nurses in the NHS do not include staff members who returned to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

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.
31st Jul 2020

Facebook post on lockdown rule changes are right for certain parts of England

As of 31 July, the lockdown rules changed for people in Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

31st Jul 2020

Viral Facebook post incorrectly claims that a list of PPE contracts are all unfulfilled

PPE procurement is under scrutiny but claims that all these contracts were unfulfilled is not evidenced.

31st Jul 2020

The BBC did not say that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is planning to put microchips in Covid-19 vaccines

The article in question is a speculative article on the future of travel and does not mention microchips.

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