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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.

22 June 2021

The NHS isn’t asking for payment for Covid-19 vaccination passes

Scam emails purporting to be from the NHS are demanding money for a ‘Coronavirus Digital Passport’ to prove vaccination status.

17 June 2021

Claims that Covid vaccine spike proteins are harmful are unevidenced

A Conservative Woman article repeats claims from a Canadian vaccine scientist that appear to be based on flawed assumptions.

14 June 2021

Christian Eriksen did not have Covid-19 vaccine before collapse, says Inter Milan CEO

Users on social media are sharing false claims that the Danish footballer had been vaccinated days before becoming ill on the pitch.

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.

14 June 2021

David Icke makes false claim that vaccines are ‘gene therapy’

Conspiracy theorist David Icke has made unsubstantiated claims about Covid-19 transmission , climate change and gene therapy.

4 June 2021

Piers Corbyn makes misleading claims about vaccine deaths

Piers Corbyn has falsely claimed vaccines caused over a thousand deaths and nearly a million adverse reactions.

4 June 2021

Hecklers at Twickenham Stadium vaccine drive spout false claims

A video filmed by protestors at Twickenham Stadium repeats Covid-19 vaccine claims we’ve debunked several times before.

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.

14 June 2021

David Icke makes false claim that vaccines are ‘gene therapy’

Conspiracy theorist David Icke has made unsubstantiated claims about Covid-19 transmission , climate change and gene therapy.

4 June 2021

Hecklers at Twickenham Stadium vaccine drive spout false claims

A video filmed by protestors at Twickenham Stadium repeats Covid-19 vaccine claims we’ve debunked several times before.

20 May 2021

Having a Covid-19 vaccine doesn’t make you more vulnerable to the disease

A Facebook post that claims people who are vaccinated may become particularly ill from ‘vaccine enhancement syndrome’ is completely wrong.

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.

14 June 2021

David Icke makes false claim that vaccines are ‘gene therapy’

Conspiracy theorist David Icke has made unsubstantiated claims about Covid-19 transmission , climate change and gene therapy.

4 June 2021

Piers Corbyn makes misleading claims about vaccine deaths

Piers Corbyn has falsely claimed vaccines caused over a thousand deaths and nearly a million adverse reactions.

4 June 2021

Hecklers at Twickenham Stadium vaccine drive spout false claims

A video filmed by protestors at Twickenham Stadium repeats Covid-19 vaccine claims we’ve debunked several times before.

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.

21 June 2021

Hydroxychloroquine study not all that it seems

Patients may have been given more of the drug because they lived longer—not the other way around.

14 June 2021

David Icke makes false claim that vaccines are ‘gene therapy’

Conspiracy theorist David Icke has made unsubstantiated claims about Covid-19 transmission , climate change and gene therapy.

4 June 2021

Piers Corbyn makes misleading claims about vaccine deaths

Piers Corbyn has falsely claimed vaccines caused over a thousand deaths and nearly a million adverse reactions.

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.

4 June 2021

Piers Corbyn makes misleading claims about vaccine deaths

Piers Corbyn has falsely claimed vaccines caused over a thousand deaths and nearly a million adverse reactions.

28 May 2021

The UK does not have the worst death toll in Europe, when you account for population

It has recorded the 14th highest number of Covid-19 deaths per million people.

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.

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.

22 June 2021

The NHS isn’t asking for payment for Covid-19 vaccination passes

Scam emails purporting to be from the NHS are demanding money for a ‘Coronavirus Digital Passport’ to prove vaccination status.

21 June 2021

Hydroxychloroquine study not all that it seems

Patients may have been given more of the drug because they lived longer—not the other way around.

19 June 2021

Fake memo circulating claiming to be from Imperial College

The memo allegedly sets out plans for a permanent lockdown of the UK but has no credible source and makes false claims.

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.

22 June 2021

The NHS isn’t asking for payment for Covid-19 vaccination passes

Scam emails purporting to be from the NHS are demanding money for a ‘Coronavirus Digital Passport’ to prove vaccination status.

21 June 2021

Hydroxychloroquine study not all that it seems

Patients may have been given more of the drug because they lived longer—not the other way around.

19 June 2021

Fake memo circulating claiming to be from Imperial College

The memo allegedly sets out plans for a permanent lockdown of the UK but has no credible source and makes false claims.

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