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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.

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.

Full Fact fights bad information

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.

18 January 2021

What you need to know about the claims 23 people died after getting the Covid-19 vaccine in Norway

Norway has since adjusted its advice for vaccinating the very elderly.

12 January 2021

You don’t need your NHS number to get a Covid-19 vaccine

A widely shared post on social media claims people who don’t know their NHS number are causing a ‘bottleneck’.

11 January 2021

The laws introducing a third English lockdown do not make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory

Parliament did vote on new regulations on Wednesday, but these new rules didn’t make vaccines mandatory.

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.

17 December 2020

The problem with coronavirus transmission in hospitals

Full Fact investigates what we know about Covid-19 transmission in hospitals, and what we don’t.

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.

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.

22 December 2020

The needles in some syringes are supposed to ‘disappear’

Some syringes have a spring which retracts the needle once the dose is administered.

18 December 2020

Can we believe the lockdown sceptics?

Evidence does not support the theories of sceptics like Peter Hitchens, Ivor Cummins and Mike Yeadon

17 December 2020

The problem with coronavirus transmission in hospitals

Full Fact investigates what we know about Covid-19 transmission in hospitals, and what we don’t.

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 January 2021

You don’t need your NHS number to get a Covid-19 vaccine

A widely shared post on social media claims people who don’t know their NHS number are causing a ‘bottleneck’.

21 December 2020

PPE: What actually happened during the first wave?

FOI data from NHS trusts reveals the central supply chain used data that didn’t always show the picture on the ground when sending out PPE stock.

17 December 2020

The problem with coronavirus transmission in hospitals

Full Fact investigates what we know about Covid-19 transmission in hospitals, and what we don’t.

Treatment

Treatment

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.

12 January 2021

You don’t need your NHS number to get a Covid-19 vaccine

A widely shared post on social media claims people who don’t know their NHS number are causing a ‘bottleneck’.

21 December 2020

PPE: What actually happened during the first wave?

FOI data from NHS trusts reveals the central supply chain used data that didn’t always show the picture on the ground when sending out PPE stock.

17 December 2020

The problem with coronavirus transmission in hospitals

Full Fact investigates what we know about Covid-19 transmission in hospitals, and what we don’t.

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.

21 January 2021

Video falsely claims PCR tests insert ‘nanoparticles’ into brain

The video on social media is wrong to suggest it is dangerous to be tested for Covid-19.

19 January 2021

A kiwi fruit did not test “positive” for Covid

If we stick to using rapid tests on humans, they very rarely give false positives.

18 January 2021

What you need to know about the claims 23 people died after getting the Covid-19 vaccine in Norway

Norway has since adjusted its advice for vaccinating the very elderly.

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 January 2021

Millions—not thousands—caught Covid last year

Doctors only report a small fraction of infections through the NOIDs system.

18 December 2020

Can we believe the lockdown sceptics?

Evidence does not support the theories of sceptics like Peter Hitchens, Ivor Cummins and Mike Yeadon

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.

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.

21 January 2021

Video falsely claims PCR tests insert ‘nanoparticles’ into brain

The video on social media is wrong to suggest it is dangerous to be tested for Covid-19.

20 January 2021

73,444 deaths registered in 2020 in England and Wales had Covid-19 as the underlying cause

In 2020, 73,444 deaths were registered in England and Wales with Covid-19 as the underlying cause.

19 January 2021

A kiwi fruit did not test “positive” for Covid

If we stick to using rapid tests on humans, they very rarely give false positives.

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