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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.

16 April 2021

The government hasn’t said the vaccine will cause a third wave of deaths

Covid-19 vaccines aren’t 100% efficient, but experts aren’t predicting they will cause mass hospitalisations.

14 April 2021

Covid-19 vaccine did not kill every animal it was tested on

A Facebook post is wrong to claim animals involved in vaccine trials died from sepsis, immune disorder or cardiac failure.

9 April 2021

‘Why would we suddenly go to them and lie?’: How councils and communities are working together to fight vaccine misinformation

For councils, increasing vaccine uptake is a matter of increasing accessibility and addressing fears by fighting misinformation. We spoke to councils across England to find out how they’re doing it.

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.

7 April 2021

Covid-19 is not the same as a common cold

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses which include those which cause the common cold, SARS and Covid-19.

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

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.

13 April 2021

Facebook post makes misleading claims about Covid-19 passports and death rate

A post on Facebook makes misleading claims about Covid-19 vaccines, Covid-19 passports, infection, transmission and the death rate.

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

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.

13 April 2021

Facebook post makes misleading claims about Covid-19 passports and death rate

A post on Facebook makes misleading claims about Covid-19 vaccines, Covid-19 passports, infection, transmission and the death rate.

10 March 2021

What happens when pupils test positive for Covid-19?

There’s been confusion over whether pupils can return to school after a positive lateral flow test but a negative PCR result.

10 March 2021

Misleading claims about Serco’s role in Test and Trace resurface

Most of the money spent on Test and Trace goes on testing. Serco plays a big part in tracing, but does not receive a majority of the funding.

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.

13 April 2021

Facebook post makes misleading claims about Covid-19 passports and death rate

A post on Facebook makes misleading claims about Covid-19 vaccines, Covid-19 passports, infection, transmission and the death rate.

17 March 2021

Germany has spent far more than £48m on test and trace

The UK has not spent £32 billion on Test and Trace so far, and Germany has spent much more than £48 million.

10 March 2021

What happens when pupils test positive for Covid-19?

There’s been confusion over whether pupils can return to school after a positive lateral flow test but a negative PCR result.

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.

15 April 2021

Claims that a quarter of all Covid-19 deaths weren’t caused by the virus misinterpret the data

Media reports of the new figures do not make it clear that this figure only relates to one week of data.

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.

26 March 2021

Covid-19: Behind the death toll

We see the scale of this pandemic in another way if we look at the death toll alongside how many years of life are being lost—including among people who don’t die.

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.

16 April 2021

The government hasn’t said the vaccine will cause a third wave of deaths

Covid-19 vaccines aren’t 100% efficient, but experts aren’t predicting they will cause mass hospitalisations.

15 April 2021

Claims that a quarter of all Covid-19 deaths weren’t caused by the virus misinterpret the data

Media reports of the new figures do not make it clear that this figure only relates to one week of data.

14 April 2021

Covid-19 vaccine did not kill every animal it was tested on

A Facebook post is wrong to claim animals involved in vaccine trials died from sepsis, immune disorder or cardiac failure.

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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.

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.

5 January 2021

Millions—not thousands—caught Covid last year

Doctors only report a small fraction of infections through the NOIDs system.

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.

16 April 2021

The government hasn’t said the vaccine will cause a third wave of deaths

Covid-19 vaccines aren’t 100% efficient, but experts aren’t predicting they will cause mass hospitalisations.

15 April 2021

Claims that a quarter of all Covid-19 deaths weren’t caused by the virus misinterpret the data

Media reports of the new figures do not make it clear that this figure only relates to one week of data.

14 April 2021

Covid-19 vaccine did not kill every animal it was tested on

A Facebook post is wrong to claim animals involved in vaccine trials died from sepsis, immune disorder or cardiac failure.

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