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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.

24 September 2021

MP makes unevidenced claims about vaccine damage

Christopher Chope presented a number of misleading or unevidenced statements about Covid-19 vaccines to the House of Commons.

22 September 2021

No evidence Covid-19 vaccine makes blood look different

A picture of two donations of blood claims they come from unvaccinated and vaccinated donors.

20 September 2021

Covid-19 vaccines passed animal trials

All four vaccines approved for use in the UK have passed animal trials.

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.

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

13 August 2021

Covid variants weren’t planned

A TikTok video falsely claims the variants of Covid-19 were “made up”.

30 July 2021

5G tower with ‘Delta’ power system is not related to Covid-19

Photos of a 5G tower supported by ‘Delta’ power system has nothing to do with Covid-19.

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.

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

13 August 2021

Covid variants weren’t planned

A TikTok video falsely claims the variants of Covid-19 were “made up”.

3 August 2021

Study did not show 82% of pregnancies end in miscarriage after Covid vaccination

Study did not show 82% of pregnancies end in miscarriage after Covid vaccination.

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.

23 September 2021

Covid vaccines aren’t comparable to thalidomide scandal

An Instagram post which compares the rollout of Covid vaccines with the thalidomide scandal, ignores the context and history these medicines exist in.

20 September 2021

Vaccines do not raise your risk of catching Covid

The headline of a Daily Sceptic article misinterpreted the data in a PHE report— even though the report specifically warned against this.

10 September 2021

An influencer muddled his maths on vaccines for children

The JCVI says that the Covid vaccines would probably do marginally more good than harm, even for healthy children.

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.

23 September 2021

Covid vaccines aren’t comparable to thalidomide scandal

An Instagram post which compares the rollout of Covid vaccines with the thalidomide scandal, ignores the context and history these medicines exist in.

21 September 2021

Pfizer’s new trial drug is not ivermectin in disguise

They are very different compounds.

14 September 2021

Newspapers report Covid hospitalisations over seven months as over seven days

In the seven months to 29 August, 9,472 people in England stayed in hospital overnight with a confirmed case of the Delta variant.

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 September 2021

Vaccines do not raise your risk of catching Covid

The headline of a Daily Sceptic article misinterpreted the data in a PHE report— even though the report specifically warned against this.

16 September 2021

Covid-19 is almost certainly killing more people than suicide

A Facebook post that suicide deaths are higher provides no evidence. And what evidence we have suggests the opposite.

14 September 2021

Newspapers report Covid hospitalisations over seven months as over seven days

In the seven months to 29 August, 9,472 people in England stayed in hospital overnight with a confirmed case of the Delta variant.

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.

23 September 2021

A video does not show anti-Rothschild protests

It shows a demonstration against pandemic rules outside the parliament building in Bern, Switzerland.

22 September 2021

No evidence Covid-19 vaccine makes blood look different

A picture of two donations of blood claims they come from unvaccinated and vaccinated donors.

21 September 2021

Pfizer’s new trial drug is not ivermectin in disguise

They are very different compounds.

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.

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.

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.

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.

24 September 2021

MP makes unevidenced claims about vaccine damage

Christopher Chope presented a number of misleading or unevidenced statements about Covid-19 vaccines to the House of Commons.

23 September 2021

Covid vaccines aren’t comparable to thalidomide scandal

An Instagram post which compares the rollout of Covid vaccines with the thalidomide scandal, ignores the context and history these medicines exist in.

23 September 2021

A video does not show anti-Rothschild protests

It shows a demonstration against pandemic rules outside the parliament building in Bern, Switzerland.

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