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18 January 2022

A video of several fans making a paper plane fly is CGI

The video appears on Facebook with the caption “when physicists get bored”.

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A video of several fans making a paper plane fly is CGI
18 January 2022

Lemonade and Fanta don’t test positive for Covid-19

Testing lateral flows with random things produces an invalid result.

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Lemonade and Fanta don’t test positive for Covid-19
18 January 2022

Express overstates Brexit trade deal value, again

The Express claimed that post-Brexit, the UK has struck new free trade deals with 70 countries worth over £760bn. This is the total value of trade with these countries, not …

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Express overstates Brexit trade deal value, again
17 January 2022

The CDC has not ‘dropped’ all PCR tests

One type of PCR test has been ‘dropped’ in favour of others that are more efficient and can be processed more quickly.

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The CDC has not ‘dropped’ all PCR tests
14 January 2022

Claims on ‘Colston Four’ case leave out key questions the jury had to answer

Claims that what the four defendants admitted to did legally amount to criminal damage omit key parts of the definition of the offence.

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Claims on ‘Colston Four’ case leave out key questions the jury had to answer
13 January 2022

Doctor who challenged Sajid Javid made misleading claims about vaccines

A doctor who challenged Sajid Javid on live TV misleadingly suggested Covid-19 vaccines are less effective than the evidence suggests.

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Doctor who challenged Sajid Javid made misleading claims about vaccines
13 January 2022

UKHSA data reaffirms that vaccines work against Omicron

An online article has again misinterpreted data from the UKHSA to claim vaccines don’t prevent Covid-19 hospitalisation and death.

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UKHSA data reaffirms that vaccines work against Omicron
13 January 2022

UK is fastest growing G7 economy by one measure, and fifth by another

Economic growth between the third quarter of 2020 and 2021 was the highest in the G7. The UK’s growth between the second and third quarter of 2021 placed fifth.

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UK is fastest growing G7 economy by one measure, and fifth by another
12 January 2022

Breastfeeding linked to reduced risk of heart disease

A study finding a link between breastfeeding and a reduced risk of heart disease could not confirm whether there was a causal link between the two.

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Breastfeeding linked to reduced risk of heart disease
12 January 2022

Soft drinks shouldn’t be ‘tested’ with lateral flow tests and asymptomatic transmission is not ‘quackery’

We have written about similar false claims many times before.

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Soft drinks shouldn’t be ‘tested’ with lateral flow tests  and asymptomatic transmission is not ‘quackery’
11 January 2022

What were the rules on outdoor parties in May 2020?

Large gatherings in public spaces were certainly not allowed, but Downing Street is also a workplace, so other rules may have applied.

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What were the rules on outdoor parties in May 2020?
10 January 2022

Control swabs aren’t meant to be used for patient testing

Lateral flow control swabs are used to check that the test is working properly and should not be used for patient testing.

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Control swabs aren’t meant to be used for patient testing

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