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24 February 2021

We can’t say if Test and Trace has cost more than the Channel Tunnel—yet

£22bn is the budget for the first year of NHS Test and Trace, but we don’t know how much has actually been spent.

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We can’t say if Test and Trace has cost more than the Channel Tunnel—yet
23 February 2021

Mask wearing doesn’t cause bacterial pneumonia

Evidence shows mask wearing may reduce the risk of bacterial infection.

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Mask wearing doesn’t cause bacterial pneumonia
23 February 2021

A surprisingly large rat is really just surprisingly close

This widely shared photograph uses a technique called forced perspective.

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A surprisingly large rat is really just surprisingly close
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.

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Many more than 3,000 people have died of Covid-19
19 February 2021

Covid-19 survival rate is less than 99.8%

Claims about the Covid-19 vaccines and the disease survival rate shared on Facebook aren’t quite right.

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Covid-19 survival rate is less than 99.8%
18 February 2021

The Covid-19 vaccine programme isn’t a medical experiment

The approved vaccines have been through clinical trials, and patients already give informed consent.

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The Covid-19 vaccine programme isn’t a medical experiment
18 February 2021

Santander bank card ‘scam’ probably doesn’t exist

Tens of thousands of people have shared warnings about the scam on Facebook, but it doesn’t seem to be real.

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Santander bank card ‘scam’ probably doesn’t exist
18 February 2021

US rapper Pitbull wrong to claim Event 201 was ‘rehearsal’ for coronavirus pandemic

Footage of the singer making claims about the origin of the coronavirus pandemic is being widely shared on social media.

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US rapper Pitbull wrong to claim Event 201 was ‘rehearsal’ for coronavirus pandemic
18 February 2021

We don’t know how much Test and Trace affects the spread of Covid-19

Estimates for the effect of the programme on reducing Covid cases include some things that would have happened anyway.

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We don’t know how much Test and Trace affects the spread of Covid-19
17 February 2021

Did EU exports really drop 68% in January?

There is other evidence that trade did not fall this much and it may have been driven by stockpiling before January and Covid.

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Did EU exports really drop 68% in January?
15 February 2021

Evidence doesn’t show 400,000 people have long Covid ‘right now’

Layla Moran’s claim about people who suffer symptoms for 12 weeks or more is not accurately calculated.

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Evidence doesn’t show 400,000 people have long Covid ‘right now’
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.

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A Bangladesh study doesn’t show that depression follows Covid-19

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