2nd Jun 2020

This is how you can verify you are actually being contacted by the government’s Test and Trace service

Tracers will not ask for personal information such as financial details or online logins.

1st Jun 2020

The figure of 1 million children not returning to school is uncertain

Teachers were surveyed between 7 and 17 May on whether they thought families would send their children back to school when they reopened.

1st Jun 2020

SAGE did not advise against reopening schools on 1 June

This was the opinion of the Independent SAGE, who are a different group of scientists.

29th May 2020

No, the Mail didn’t use an old photo of Jeremy Corbyn to claim he wasn’t social distancing on his birthday

The photo is from 2020 as the Mail claimed and first appeared on a Facebook group for canal boat owners.

29th May 2020

Covid-19 may not be a “high consequence infectious disease”, but it is a real emergency

The new coronavirus can cause many thousands of deaths even though Covid-19 is no longer considered a “high consequence infectious disease”.

28th May 2020

Can hand sanitiser catch fire in a hot car?

Viral posts have talked about the ‘flash point’ of hand gel, but that’s the temperature it can catch fire if there’s a spark.

28th May 2020

Patent application 060606 does not mention inserting microchips into the body

This patent application appears to be for some sort of wearable activity tracker.

27th May 2020

What did the lockdown rules say when Dominic Cummings travelled to Durham?

Some of his choices were not specifically permitted, and it appears that he did not fully explore the alternatives, as was required.

27th May 2020

50 French schools have closed due to coronavirus cases, but it is likely these infections happened before schools reopened

It is still too early to know the effect of school openings will have on coronavirus cases in France.

27th May 2020

Dominic Cummings’ sister is not director of company that runs the NHS track and trace app

An Alice Cummings is a director at Idox but she’s not his sister and the company has nothing to do with the app.

27th May 2020

It is not clear that 19 million people have already had the new coronavirus

New research claiming that this is the case needs taking with a pinch of salt.

26th May 2020

A 2019 Dominic Cummings blog post was recently edited to explicitly mention a coronavirus

The Wayback Machine website shows the edit being made in mid-April 2020.

26th May 2020

Claim that 7.7% of UK goods exports go to the EU is a big underestimate

The Express has misquoted figures on the UK goods trade with the EU.

26th May 2020

Dominic Cummings is not in this picture of the Bullingdon Club

A post shared on social media incorrectly claims Dominic Cummings is pictured as a member of the Bullingdon Club alongside David Cameron and Boris Johnson.

22nd May 2020

How much have healthcare workers paid through the immigration health surcharge?

The Prime Minister claimed £900 million had been raised by the surcharge, but there was some confusion as to whether he was only referring to contributions from health workers.