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How you can fact check claims about Covid-19

How you can fact check claims about Covid-19

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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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.

25 January 2022

Tweet claiming three child deaths from vaccines in Australia is fake

A tweet purporting to come from an Australian health official claimed three children had died of Covid-19 vaccines in Australia. This is false and the tweet is fake.

25 January 2022

Pfizer’s CEO has had Covid-19 vaccine

A video of Albert Bourla saying he hasn’t been vaccinated for Covid-19 yet is from December 2020.

13 January 2022

UKHSA data reaffirms that vaccines work against Omicron

An online article has again misinterpreted data from the UKHSA to claim vaccines don’t prevent Covid-19 hospitalisation and death.

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 January 2022

Betty White did not get a Covid-19 booster vaccine three days before she died

Multiple social media posts falsely report actress Betty White had her third Covid vaccine three days before she died.

11 November 2021

SARS-CoV-2 does exist

It has now been sequenced over a million times in the UK.

14 October 2021

Social media post appears to overstate risk of vaccine blood clots

A Facebook post implies the risk of developing a blood clot or heart problem from a Covid-19 vaccine outweighs the benefits.

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.

20 January 2022

Met Police has not launched an investigation into the Covid-19 vaccine programme

Posts on Facebook falsely claim that the Metropolitan Police is investigating the Covid-19 vaccine programme.

19 January 2022

Japan has never enforced a Covid-19 vaccine mandate

An Instagram post claims that Japan has dropped Covid-19 vaccine mandates even though it has never enforced one.

13 January 2022

Doctor who challenged Sajid Javid made misleading claims about vaccines

A doctor who challenged Sajid Javid on live TV misleadingly suggested Covid-19 vaccines are less effective than the evidence suggests.

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.

25 January 2022

Photos of swimming pool with social distancing screens is genuine

Photos shared on Facebook show a swimming pool where users have to stand between social distancing screens in the water.

25 January 2022

Tweet claiming three child deaths from vaccines in Australia is fake

A tweet purporting to come from an Australian health official claimed three children had died of Covid-19 vaccines in Australia. This is false and the tweet is fake.

20 January 2022

Met Police has not launched an investigation into the Covid-19 vaccine programme

Posts on Facebook falsely claim that the Metropolitan Police is investigating the Covid-19 vaccine programme.

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.

19 January 2022

Japan has never enforced a Covid-19 vaccine mandate

An Instagram post claims that Japan has dropped Covid-19 vaccine mandates even though it has never enforced one.

13 January 2022

Doctor who challenged Sajid Javid made misleading claims about vaccines

A doctor who challenged Sajid Javid on live TV misleadingly suggested Covid-19 vaccines are less effective than the evidence suggests.

10 January 2022

Betty White did not get a Covid-19 booster vaccine three days before she died

Multiple social media posts falsely report actress Betty White had her third Covid vaccine three days before she died.

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.

20 January 2022

Met Police has not launched an investigation into the Covid-19 vaccine programme

Posts on Facebook falsely claim that the Metropolitan Police is investigating the Covid-19 vaccine programme.

19 January 2022

An Instagram post underestimates Covid-19 deaths among younger people

Just over 17,000 people under 65 died of the disease in England and Wales, up to the end of November 2021.

10 January 2022

Boris Johnson misspoke about unvaccinated people in ICU

Around 90% of Covid ICU admissions have not received a booster, but only about 61% are not vaccinated at all.

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.

25 January 2022

Fake government guidance is wrong about face masks and equality laws

A post on Instagram misquotes sections of the Equality Act.

25 January 2022

Photos of swimming pool with social distancing screens is genuine

Photos shared on Facebook show a swimming pool where users have to stand between social distancing screens in the water.

25 January 2022

Tweet claiming three child deaths from vaccines in Australia is fake

A tweet purporting to come from an Australian health official claimed three children had died of Covid-19 vaccines in Australia. This is false and the tweet is fake.

Ask Full Fact

Ask Full Fact

We've asked readers to send in their questions about Covid-19, to help sort the good information from the bad. Check out our answers here.

5 November 2021

Pregnancy, vaccination and going to work - what does the guidance say?

Readers have asked us what the guidance says on going into work while pregnant, and what employers need to do to ensure safety.

9 September 2021

Viral video makes incorrect claims about teenagers and vaccine consent

A 2020 court case, known as Bell vs Tavistock, doesn’t mean it’s illegal to vaccinate teenagers without parental consent or a court order

13 July 2021

No evidence Covid-19 vaccines are 'overwhelming' NHS services

A website article misleadingly claims the Covid-19 vaccine drive has “overwhelmed” the NHS.

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.

25 January 2022

Fake government guidance is wrong about face masks and equality laws

A post on Instagram misquotes sections of the Equality Act.

25 January 2022

Photos of swimming pool with social distancing screens is genuine

Photos shared on Facebook show a swimming pool where users have to stand between social distancing screens in the water.

25 January 2022

Tweet claiming three child deaths from vaccines in Australia is fake

A tweet purporting to come from an Australian health official claimed three children had died of Covid-19 vaccines in Australia. This is false and the tweet is fake.

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