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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.

26 February 2021

There is evidence vaccines reduce risk of Covid-19 illness

Being ill with Covid-19 and getting infected by the virus that causes it are not the same thing.

25 February 2021

There are no human cells in the AstraZeneca vaccine, and it won’t give you a chimpanzee virus

A post on social media makes claims about viruses from chimpanzees and human foetal cells in AstraZeneca vaccine.

5 February 2021

People giving Covid-19 vaccines won’t be tried as war criminals

A video claims the roll-out is part of an experiment where the subjects haven’t consented, which is wrong.

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.

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.

2 December 2020

Covid-19 is an infectious disease, and a video claiming it isn’t is wrong

The woman in this video is wrong to blame radiation—and wrong about other things as well

24 November 2020

Research suggesting increased Covid-19 risk for dog-owners may be barking up the wrong tree

The research claims dog walkers have a higher risk of catching Covid-19 but it has a number of methodological flaws.

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.

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

27 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.

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.

3 March 2021

Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine will not change your DNA

This is a common myth about mRNA vaccines, which give instructions to cells, but do not change their DNA.

2 March 2021

There is no evidence that people are dying from the Covid-19 vaccine

Some deaths and serious events have been recorded after vaccination, but none because of it so far

2 March 2021

Are 3 in 10 people failing to isolate?

Keir Starmer’s claim about self-isolation comes with many caveats.

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.

1 March 2021

The link between vitamin D and Covid-19 is complex

Some studies have shown an association between low vitamin D and coronavirus infections.

3 February 2021

Penicillin allergies don’t rule out Pfizer vaccine

A post on social media claims that a penicillin allergy can cause a bad reaction to the Pfizer Covid vaccine.

2 February 2021

There’s no proof steam inhalation cures Covid-19

An Italian study saying it could be effective only had 10 participants.

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.

1 March 2021

Guardian report on public opinion about job losses needs context

A survey found 47% of the population think job performance is an important factor in recent job losses, not necessarily the main reason.

23 February 2021

Mask wearing doesn’t cause bacterial pneumonia

Evidence shows mask wearing may reduce the risk of bacterial infection.

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.

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.

4 March 2021

Tests can detect the Covid-19 virus

The false positive rate is not 100%, which would mean they gave a positive result, wrongly, every time.

3 March 2021

Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine will not change your DNA

This is a common myth about mRNA vaccines, which give instructions to cells, but do not change their DNA.

3 March 2021

Covid-19 is not a rebrand of flu

Although sometimes flu and Covid-19 have similar symptoms, they are different illnesses caused by different organisms.

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.

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.

18 December 2020

Can we believe the lockdown sceptics?

Evidence does not support the theories of sceptics like Peter Hitchens, Ivor Cummins and Mike Yeadon

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.

4 March 2021

Tests can detect the Covid-19 virus

The false positive rate is not 100%, which would mean they gave a positive result, wrongly, every time.

3 March 2021

Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine will not change your DNA

This is a common myth about mRNA vaccines, which give instructions to cells, but do not change their DNA.

3 March 2021

Covid-19 is not a rebrand of flu

Although sometimes flu and Covid-19 have similar symptoms, they are different illnesses caused by different organisms.

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