Get the facts on Covid-19

Our fact checkers are fighting to protect people from bad information about Covid-19.

Top articles

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.

Read more…

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.

30 November 2021

Concerns raised about legitimacy of research linking vaccines and heart attacks

It’s been claimed new research shows a link between Covid-19 vaccines and heart attacks. The research has serious flaws.

26 November 2021

Children are more likely to die from Covid than vaccination

At least 25 children have sadly died from Covid in England alone, but we can find no evidence of a child dying as a result of the vaccine.

25 November 2021

Vaccines don’t cause Covid-19

There are various reasons why Covid case rates may be higher in countries with higher vaccination rates. It isn’t evidence vaccines cause Covid.

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.

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.

19 August 2021

Trafalgar Square “Freedom Rally” speech littered with false claims

Speaker Vernon Coleman made a litany of misleading claims to an audience of hundreds in Trafalgar Square

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.

3 December 2021

Catching Covid-19 is not less risky than vaccination

An Instagram post makes misleading claims about the Covid-19 survival rate and side effects from the vaccines.

3 December 2021

No available evidence that vaccines caused teen deaths

A Facebook post misleadingly suggests Covid-19 vaccines were responsible for the deaths of 10 teenagers

4 November 2021

No evidence linking deaths among children to vaccine rollout

An article by The Exposé makes a misleading link between official statistics on child deaths and Covid-19 vaccines.

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.

6 December 2021

Boris Johnson did receive his third Covid-19 vaccine

Multiple Facebook posts suggest, incorrectly, that Boris Johnson may not have received his Covid booster vaccine.

3 December 2021

Catching Covid-19 is not less risky than vaccination

An Instagram post makes misleading claims about the Covid-19 survival rate and side effects from the vaccines.

3 December 2021

No available evidence that vaccines caused teen deaths

A Facebook post misleadingly suggests Covid-19 vaccines were responsible for the deaths of 10 teenagers

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.

6 December 2021

Boris Johnson did receive his third Covid-19 vaccine

Multiple Facebook posts suggest, incorrectly, that Boris Johnson may not have received his Covid booster vaccine.

3 December 2021

Catching Covid-19 is not less risky than vaccination

An Instagram post makes misleading claims about the Covid-19 survival rate and side effects from the vaccines.

3 December 2021

No available evidence that vaccines caused teen deaths

A Facebook post misleadingly suggests Covid-19 vaccines were responsible for the deaths of 10 teenagers

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.

3 December 2021

Catching Covid-19 is not less risky than vaccination

An Instagram post makes misleading claims about the Covid-19 survival rate and side effects from the vaccines.

3 December 2021

No available evidence that vaccines caused teen deaths

A Facebook post misleadingly suggests Covid-19 vaccines were responsible for the deaths of 10 teenagers

24 November 2021

Claims about changes to Pfizer vaccine for children miss important details

A misleading article says a Covid-19 vaccine designed for children includes a solution used to stabilise heart attack patients.

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.

7 December 2021

Why conspiracists are linking the Omicron variant to the Illuminati

Some dubious linguistics are being used to link the extinct secret society to the new Covid-19 variant.

6 December 2021

Boris Johnson did receive his third Covid-19 vaccine

Multiple Facebook posts suggest, incorrectly, that Boris Johnson may not have received his Covid booster vaccine.

3 December 2021

Catching Covid-19 is not less risky than vaccination

An Instagram post makes misleading claims about the Covid-19 survival rate and side effects from the vaccines.

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.

7 December 2021

Why conspiracists are linking the Omicron variant to the Illuminati

Some dubious linguistics are being used to link the extinct secret society to the new Covid-19 variant.

6 December 2021

Boris Johnson did receive his third Covid-19 vaccine

Multiple Facebook posts suggest, incorrectly, that Boris Johnson may not have received his Covid booster vaccine.

3 December 2021

Catching Covid-19 is not less risky than vaccination

An Instagram post makes misleading claims about the Covid-19 survival rate and side effects from the vaccines.

Thank you

We are grateful to all our donors for supporting us to tackle dangerously false claims during this global crisis.