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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.

5 August 2021

What are the rules on consent for Covid-19 vaccines for teens?

People aged 16 or over can consent to their own medical treatment.

3 August 2021

Australian government hasn’t admitted vaccines are a dangerous poison

Medicines are generally referred to as poisons in Western Australian legislation.

2 August 2021

Costa sign demanding vaccine proof to sit in wasn’t taken in UK

In Ireland, indoor hospitality is only available to those who can prove they have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid in the last six months.

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.

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.

30 July 2021

No evidence birds found dead on ship were killed by 5G

Misleading Facebook post claims that hundreds of dead birds discovered on the deck of a ship were killed by 5G.

9 July 2021

Royal attendance at Euros does not prove there’s no pandemic

A Facebook post wrongly suggests the presence of the Royal Family at the England vs Germany Euros 2020 match proves there’s no pandemic.

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 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.

16 July 2021

Allison Pearson tweets misleading stats about Covid hospital patients

Telegraph columnist Allison Pearson’s calculation of Covid hospitalisation rate is flawed in multiple ways.

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.

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 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.

29 July 2021

Tanks in Paris were almost certainly there for Bastille Day

Social media posts have misleadingly suggested tanks were deployed in Paris in response to protests.

16 July 2021

Allison Pearson tweets misleading stats about Covid hospital patients

Telegraph columnist Allison Pearson’s calculation of Covid hospitalisation rate is flawed in multiple ways.

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.

4 August 2021

Yellow Card data isn't proof of Covid-19 vaccine deaths

This system provides a way of reporting and monitoring suspected reactions.

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.

16 July 2021

Allison Pearson tweets misleading stats about Covid hospital patients

Telegraph columnist Allison Pearson’s calculation of Covid hospitalisation rate is flawed in multiple ways.

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.

30 July 2021

Israel’s travel policy doesn’t view vaccinated passengers as higher risk

Suggestions that Israel postponing the lifting of travel restrictions on vaccinated tourists indicates they are high risk ignores the fact that unvaccinated travellers are restricted too.

29 July 2021

Daily cancer deaths not higher than those from Covid during last 40 days

Communications consultant James Melville compares Covid-19 and cancer deaths but his figures aren’t correct.

27 July 2021

Robert Peston overstated the importance of reinfections

It is true that people testing positive for Covid-19 more than once are not counted in the daily case figures—but it would only make a small difference to the total if they were.

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.

5 August 2021

NHS Test and Trace cost £13.5 billion in its first year

£37 billion is its two year budget, but it only spent £13.5 billion in its first year, which is less than expected.

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.

2 August 2021

Costa sign demanding vaccine proof to sit in wasn’t taken in UK

In Ireland, indoor hospitality is only available to those who can prove they have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid in the last six months.

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.

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.

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.

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.

5 August 2021

What are the rules on consent for Covid-19 vaccines for teens?

People aged 16 or over can consent to their own medical treatment.

5 August 2021

NHS Test and Trace cost £13.5 billion in its first year

£37 billion is its two year budget, but it only spent £13.5 billion in its first year, which is less than expected.

4 August 2021

Yellow Card data isn't proof of Covid-19 vaccine deaths

This system provides a way of reporting and monitoring suspected reactions.

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