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2 October 2020

A picture of Sadiq Khan just before his flu jab doesn’t show he didn’t get it

A photo of a pharmacist preparing to give the Mayor of London his flu vaccination has gone viral.

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A picture of Sadiq Khan just before his flu jab doesn’t show he didn’t get it
1 October 2020

A Covid-19 diagnostic test won’t pick up other coronaviruses

It’s antibody tests that may detect whether someone had Covid-19 in the past that may pick up antibodies to other coronaviruses, not diagnostic tests.

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A Covid-19 diagnostic test won’t pick up other coronaviruses
1 October 2020

What are the facts behind claims of a child-snatching panic on social media?

Some claims of gangs trying to steal children seem to be exaggerated.

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What are the facts behind claims of a child-snatching panic on social media?
30 September 2020

Punishments for not wearing face coverings, not social distancing and for possessing indecent images of children vary depending on the exact offence

One post comparing punishments has over 20,000 shares on Facebook.

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Punishments for not wearing face coverings, not social distancing and  for possessing indecent images of children vary depending on the exact offence
30 September 2020

Serco didn’t build and does not run the NHS Test and Trace app

Serco has been contracted during the pandemic to assist with facilities management and contact tracing call centres.

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Serco didn’t build and does not run the NHS Test and Trace app
29 September 2020

It’s true that women escaping domestic abuse can get a free train ticket in Great Britain if they are travelling to refuge accommodation

A social media post shared tens of thousands of times makes claims about the Rail to refuge Scheme.

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It’s true that women escaping domestic abuse can get a free train ticket in Great Britain if they are travelling to refuge accommodation
28 September 2020

Covid-19 has killed more people than obesity in the UK this year

An Instagram post compares recent Covid-19 and obesity mortality rates which are not representative of the wider picture.

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Covid-19 has killed more people than obesity in the UK this year
25 September 2020

People did die of Covid-19 in Ireland in August

A viral post compares the number of deaths from cancer, suicide, alcohol and Covid-19 in Ireland, but it gets a lot wrong.

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People did die of Covid-19 in Ireland in August
24 September 2020

The government is not planning to roll out an untested Covid-19 vaccine

A government consultation about unlicensed vaccines has been misunderstood online.

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The government is not planning to roll out an untested Covid-19 vaccine
24 September 2020

Almost all of these claims about viruses are wrong

Posts claiming that viruses are just dead material and the body contains many viruses don’t disprove the fact that Covid-19 can be very harmful.

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Almost all of these claims about viruses are wrong
24 September 2020

Pay for some nurses has fallen in real terms since 2010

Real-terms pay for staff at the top of band 5 fell from £33,007 in 2010/11 to £30,112 in real-terms between 2010/11 and 2019/20.

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Pay for some nurses has fallen in real terms since 2010
24 September 2020

Thérèse Coffey did not say starving people were not her concern

The fabricated quote appears to refer to an interview she gave to Sky News where she was asked about Mercy Baguma.

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Thérèse Coffey did not say starving people were not her concern

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