8th Apr 2020

This viral coronavirus breathing advice needs context

A viral video on how to relieve Covid-19 symptoms won’t necessarily give appropriate advice in all cases.

8th Apr 2020

This viral voice message about ambulances shared on WhatsApp is inaccurate

The message, which says ambulances won’t be sent to people struggling to breathe, and the government will prevent all outside exercise from “next week”, is incorrect.

8th Apr 2020

Most people do not need to keep their cats indoors during the new coronavirus outbreak

Vets’ advice applies only to cats from infected or self-isolating households.

8th Apr 2020

No, a survey didn’t find a majority of doctors saying that hydroxychloroquine is the most effective treatment for Covid-19

The poll was not representative of all doctors. 37% of doctors involved in Covid-19 treatment listed these drugs as among the most -effective treatments.

8th Apr 2020

How many people have been evicted as a result of coronavirus?

Housing charity Shelter says there has been a spike in evictions due to all reasons, though not as large a spike as found in a recent survey.

7th Apr 2020

Claims about Swansea nurses dying in intensive care were false

A tweet claimed three nurses from the same unit had died. The local health board said this was false.

7th Apr 2020

What do we know about cats and the new coronavirus?

A tiger has tested positive for Covid-19, but there’s currently no evidence that cats (big or small) can pass the new coronavirus to humans.

7th Apr 2020

A tweet claiming the Prime Minister has died is fake

This was claimed by a fake BBC Breaking News Twitter account.

6th Apr 2020

£20 notes don’t have a secret message about 5G and coronavirus

People have been claiming the new note shows a ‘5G tower’ and the coronavirus.

6th Apr 2020

This video of body bags in a hospital was not filmed in St Mary’s, London

The hospital trust confirmed to us that it wasn’t filmed at St Mary’s and fact checkers have found it was filmed in Ecuador.

2nd Apr 2020

This video supposedly showing Covid-19 patients at St Mary’s Hospital, London was actually filmed in Madrid

A video sent by a reader was claimed to show Covid-19 patients lying on the floor of St Mary’s Hospital, London. The video was actually filmed in two different Madrid ...

2nd Apr 2020

NHS Nightingale does not want art in the post

‘Rainbows for Nightingale’ was not an official appeal, but it spread widely on social media.

2nd Apr 2020

McDonald’s is not reopening on 6 April in the UK

A viral post claiming this has been debunked by McDonald’s.

1st Apr 2020

There is no plan to combat the new coronavirus with helicopters spraying disinfectant

Fake advice to stay indoors overnight to avoid helicopters spraying disinfectant has spread all over the world

1st Apr 2020

What counts as essential travel during the Covid-19 lockdown?

We were asked by readers to explain what travel is permitted under the new coronavirus guidance.