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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.
10th Aug 2020

There is no proof you’re more likely to get Covid-19 if you’re tall

It was widely reported that a survey showed men over six foot tall are more likely to be infected with coronavirus. However, the research does not prove this.

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.

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.
7th Aug 2020

The RSPCA has said that they are worried people will abandon pets because the economic effects of Covid-19

The charity said in a press release that they are worried the current economic climate would lead to more abandoned pets.

4th Aug 2020

Ordinary face masks are not harmful

There are rare instances involving tight-fitting N95 respirators.

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.

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 surgical 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.
4th Aug 2020

What are the quarantine rules if you return to the UK from abroad?

Our readers have asked us to explain the guidance around self-isolating if you have visited another country.

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.

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.
10th Aug 2020

You were more likely to catch Covid-19 in Spain than the UK in late July.

A viral Facebook post claims Spain had a much lower Covid-19 death toll than the UK at the end of July. That’s correct but isn’t the best way to compare the risk of getting Covid-19 in each country.

5th Aug 2020

How to check coronavirus cases near you

The data is easy to find, but needs to be read carefully

5th Aug 2020

We do not test 330,000 people a day for Covid-19

This was a claim from the schools minister. The true figure, under the Test and Trace programme for England, is more like 52,000

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.
10th Aug 2020

You were more likely to catch Covid-19 in Spain than the UK in late July.

A viral Facebook post claims Spain had a much lower Covid-19 death toll than the UK at the end of July. That’s correct but isn’t the best way to compare the risk of getting Covid-19 in each country.

7th Aug 2020

The RSPCA has said that they are worried people will abandon pets because the economic effects of Covid-19

The charity said in a press release that they are worried the current economic climate would lead to more abandoned pets.

7th Aug 2020

Leicester residents are not being forcibly tested for coronavirus

Leicester City Council said that no one is being forced by them to take Covid-19 tests.

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.
4th Aug 2020

What are the quarantine rules if you return to the UK from abroad?

Our readers have asked us to explain the guidance around self-isolating if you have visited another country.

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.

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.
10th Aug 2020

There is no proof you’re more likely to get Covid-19 if you’re tall

It was widely reported that a survey showed men over six foot tall are more likely to be infected with coronavirus. However, the research does not prove this.

10th Aug 2020

You were more likely to catch Covid-19 in Spain than the UK in late July.

A viral Facebook post claims Spain had a much lower Covid-19 death toll than the UK at the end of July. That’s correct but isn’t the best way to compare the risk of getting Covid-19 in each country.

7th Aug 2020

The RSPCA has said that they are worried people will abandon pets because the economic effects of Covid-19

The charity said in a press release that they are worried the current economic climate would lead to more abandoned pets.

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