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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.

12 May 2021

Viral video spreads misinformation about ethylene oxide and Ivermectin

There is no evidence that using something that has been sterilised with ethylene oxide, such as a Covid-19 swab, is harmful.

30 April 2021

Influencer video full of untrue vaccine claims

These include false claims that all animals in Covid vaccine trials died and that vaccines can change your DNA.

26 April 2021

Covid-19 child vaccine trial paused over clot concerns, not cot death

The study was giving the Covid-19 vaccine to children aged between six and 17, not infants.

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 May 2021

Letter to MHRA is filled with false Covid-19 claims

These include falsehoods that all people who die after a positive Covid test are registered as having died of Covid and that the Covid vaccines are experimental.

7 April 2021

Covid-19 is not the same as a common cold

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses which include those which cause the common cold, SARS and Covid-19.

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.

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.

13 April 2021

Facebook post makes misleading claims about Covid-19 passports and death rate

A post on Facebook makes misleading claims about Covid-19 vaccines, Covid-19 passports, infection, transmission and the death rate.

15 February 2021

A Bangladesh study doesn’t show that depression follows Covid-19

The Telegraph misreported a scientific study which found that many former Covid-19 sufferers had depression—but did not say whether the virus was to blame.

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

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.

10 May 2021

Letter to MHRA is filled with false Covid-19 claims

These include falsehoods that all people who die after a positive Covid test are registered as having died of Covid and that the Covid vaccines are experimental.

10 May 2021

Viral video includes lots of false claims and half truths

These include claims that there is a blanket approach to do not resuscitate orders on elderly and disabled people, that the Covid-19 vaccines are experimental and genocidal, and that the Covid-19 pandemic was planned.

23 April 2021

Mike Yeadon wrong again on lockdowns and face masks

Claims that lockdowns and face masks don’t work are false.

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 May 2021

Honey, ginger and pepper isn’t approved treatment for Covid-19

This home remedy has not been approved by the World Health Organisation. The WhatsApp message it’s been widely shared through is very similar to Facebook posts which have already been debunked.

10 May 2021

Letter to MHRA is filled with false Covid-19 claims

These include falsehoods that all people who die after a positive Covid test are registered as having died of Covid and that the Covid vaccines are experimental.

10 May 2021

Viral video includes lots of false claims and half truths

These include claims that there is a blanket approach to do not resuscitate orders on elderly and disabled people, that the Covid-19 vaccines are experimental and genocidal, and that the Covid-19 pandemic was planned.

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.

10 May 2021

Letter to MHRA is filled with false Covid-19 claims

These include falsehoods that all people who die after a positive Covid test are registered as having died of Covid and that the Covid vaccines are experimental.

5 May 2021

This map in the Daily Express uses all the wrong numbers

No UK regions reported zero “new daily cases” of Covid-19 on the day before.

27 April 2021

The Express muddles up the dangers of Covid-19 in pregnancy

The study it describes looked at whether Covid raises the risks associated with pregnancy—not whether pregnancy raises the risks of Covid.

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.

12 May 2021

Viral video spreads misinformation about ethylene oxide and Ivermectin

There is no evidence that using something that has been sterilised with ethylene oxide, such as a Covid-19 swab, is harmful.

10 May 2021

Letter to MHRA is filled with false Covid-19 claims

These include falsehoods that all people who die after a positive Covid test are registered as having died of Covid and that the Covid vaccines are experimental.

30 April 2021

Influencer video full of untrue vaccine claims

These include false claims that all animals in Covid vaccine trials died and that vaccines can change your DNA.

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.

26 March 2021

Viral instagram video falsely claims Covid-19 was planned

A video falsely claims Covid-19 has been planned and its vaccine kills.

22 February 2021

Many more than 3,000 people have died of Covid-19

The true death toll is currently more than 100,000 in England and Wales.

5 January 2021

Millions—not thousands—caught Covid last year

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

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.

13 May 2021

A mistake in the New York Post has been misconstrued as a sign of Covid-19 conspiracy

The paper used a picture of scenes from a gas leak in India in 2020, not the Covid-19 crisis in 2021. But this seems to be a simple mistake, which has since been corrected.

12 May 2021

Honey, ginger and pepper isn’t approved treatment for Covid-19

This home remedy has not been approved by the World Health Organisation. The WhatsApp message it’s been widely shared through is very similar to Facebook posts which have already been debunked.

12 May 2021

Viral video spreads misinformation about ethylene oxide and Ivermectin

There is no evidence that using something that has been sterilised with ethylene oxide, such as a Covid-19 swab, is harmful.

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