5th Aug 2020

Video of police officer egged by children is a prank

Viral videos on social media seemingly showing a police officer lying on the ground while children pelt him with eggs are not what they seem.

5th Aug 2020

We do not test 330,000 people a day for Covid-19

This was a claim from the schools minister. The true figure, under the Test and Trace programme for England, is more like 52,000

5th Aug 2020

Why this poll gives a misleading view on how many people the public think Covid-19 has killed

By using a mean average, the results overstated what the average Brit thinks the death rate has been.

5th Aug 2020

Universal Credit monthly allowance is more than House of Lords daily allowance – for now

Temporary increases to Universal Credit introduced because of the coronavirus pandemic mean the monthly allowance is now higher than the daily allowance for peers in the House of Lords.

4th Aug 2020

What are the quarantine rules if you return to the UK from abroad?

Our readers have asked us to explain the guidance around self-isolating if you have visited another country.

4th Aug 2020

Ordinary face masks are not harmful

There are rare instances involving tight-fitting N95 respirators.

4th Aug 2020

A baseless paper that linked skin cells, 5G and coronavirus has been retracted

The paper made claims about how 5G waves could be absorbed by skin cells and produce coronavirus but provided no credible evidence.

31st Jul 2020

Facebook post on lockdown rule changes are right for certain parts of England

As of 31 July, the lockdown rules changed for people in Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

31st Jul 2020

Viral Facebook post incorrectly claims that a list of PPE contracts are all unfulfilled

PPE procurement is under scrutiny but claims that all these contracts were unfulfilled is not evidenced.

31st Jul 2020

Ian Huntley has not been found dead in his cell

The man who killed two girls in 2002 has not died, as a Facebook post claims.

31st Jul 2020

The BBC did not say that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is planning to put microchips in Covid-19 vaccines

The article in question is a speculative article on the future of travel and does not mention microchips.

30th Jul 2020

The evidence shows surgical masks do offer protection from Covid-19

A viral video claims surgical masks are “no good” as they don’t offer complete protection to the wearer. Evidence shows masks still have benefits.

30th Jul 2020

Shaun Bailey’s comments on the congestion charge lack context

The Conservative London mayoral candidate claimed the Mayor’s decision to raise the congestion charge was his own. It was essentially a requirement of a government bailout package.

30th Jul 2020

Washing your glasses with soap can help prevent fogging when wearing a mask

The soap disrupts the surface tension which causes the fogging.

29th Jul 2020

Misleading claims on pre-existing conditions and Covid-19 deaths go viral

A Facebook post makes a false claim about the Covid-19 death rate.