Get the facts on the new coronavirus

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

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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.

What we know, and what we don’t, about the true coronavirus death toll

And why it’s too soon to compare the UK’s with other countries

Has the government really hit 100,000 tests a day, and what happens next?

Full Fact has looked into the reality behind the government’s testing target.

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.
30th Jun 2020

Covid-19 study that links deaths to low vitamin D levels is flawed

This study has been removed from the online research library it was published on.

30th Jun 2020

What do we know about Covid-19 inequalities among people from minority ethnic groups?

There are stark inequalities in Covid-19 outcomes in the UK.

26th Jun 2020

Facebook post about Italy, coronavirus and 5G is almost all false

The post wrongly claims Italian doctors have found Covid-19 is caused by a bacteria.

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.
27th 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.

19th May 2020

Can children transmit the new coronavirus to other people?

The evidence to date suggests that it is uncommon for children to transmit the new coronavirus. Widespread antibody testing is required to fully understand this issue.

15th May 2020

Testing positive for Covid-19 doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get ill

A headline in the Times conflated testing positive with Covid-19 to being “ill” with the disease.

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.
24th Jun 2020

Alcohol-based hand sanitiser cannot catch fire, without a spark, just because it's in a hot car

Hand sanitiser can only ignite at temperatures found in a hot car if there is a spark.

23rd Jun 2020

Does any country have 'a functioning track and trace app'?

Boris Johnson claimed no country currently has a functioning Covid-19 track and trace app.

16th Jun 2020

The Covid-19 track and trace app has not been automatically downloaded onto people’s phones

“COVID-19 exposure notifications” is not an app—it is an API that can work with tracing apps if they are downloaded.

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.
26th Jun 2020

Facebook post about Italy, coronavirus and 5G is almost all false

The post wrongly claims Italian doctors have found Covid-19 is caused by a bacteria.

11th Jun 2020

A viral post on autopsies, Italy and the new coronavirus has many inaccuracies

Covid-19 is not caused by bacteria.

4th Jun 2020

New antibody tests are not 100% accurate on all measures

It was reported that new antibody tests were 100% accurate, but evaluation of the tests by Public Health England shows this is not the case.

Lockdown

The UK’s lockdown remains in place and official guidance tells you the rules. Be wary of shocking images online alleging certain groups are flouting the rules.
16th Jun 2020

What did lockdown rules say when these Labour MPs are claimed to have broken them?

These Labour MPs have either apologised for or defended their actions during lockdown.

5th Jun 2020

The limits of what we can say about early lockdowns

Analysis comparing countries’ excess deaths tallies based on when they locked down needs to be put into context.

3rd Jun 2020

Two metres is a little better than one

New research shows that keeping your distance does protect against coronavirus

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.
30th Jun 2020

What do we know about Covid-19 inequalities among people from minority ethnic groups?

There are stark inequalities in Covid-19 outcomes in the UK.

29th Jun 2020

The UK has had one of Europe’s worst Covid-19 outbreaks

But it is not the only country with a high death rate.

26th Jun 2020

Covid-19 is the underlying cause of death for most people who die with it

ONS data suggests Covid-19 is the underlying cause of death for 94% of people who die with it.

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.
30th Jun 2020

Viral illustration shows one type of Covid-19 sampling method

There are different ways to take samples to test for Covid-19.

29th Jun 2020

Bill Gates doesn’t own the vaccine for or patent of the Covid-19 virus

A viral Facebook post claims he is a partner in a Wuhan lab, which he isn’t.

26th Jun 2020

Facebook post about Italy, coronavirus and 5G is almost all false

The post wrongly claims Italian doctors have found Covid-19 is caused by a bacteria.

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.
16th Jun 2020

Yes, patients were discharged to care homes without Covid-19 tests

Until 15 April there was no requirement to test patients being discharged from hospitals to care homes for Covid-19 in England.

5th Jun 2020

What are the new lockdown rules on social distancing?

Rules about who you can meet and what you can do outside have been updated by the government.

29th May 2020

Covid-19 may not be a “high consequence infectious disease”, but it is a real emergency

The new coronavirus can cause many thousands of deaths even though Covid-19 is no longer considered a “high consequence infectious disease”.

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.
2nd Jul 2020

How medical staff found themselves at the centre of an information battle during the pandemic

Over the past months, as the coronavirus pandemic gripped the country, medical staff have found themselves – often unwillingly – at the centre of a parallel information crisis.

30th Jun 2020

Covid-19 study that links deaths to low vitamin D levels is flawed

This study has been removed from the online research library it was published on.

30th Jun 2020

Viral illustration shows one type of Covid-19 sampling method

There are different ways to take samples to test for Covid-19.

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