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It was widely reported in the media that men over six foot tall are twice as likely to get coronavirus. This claim comes from the results of a survey of about Covid-19, but the research does not prove that this is true.
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Full Fact Aug 9
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Full Fact Aug 8
A Facebook post has claimed that the RSPCA said people are abandoning their pets due to fears of catching Covid-19. The RSPCA said in a press release that they are worried that the economic effects of coronavirus could mean people abandoned pets.
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Full Fact Aug 7
A Facebook post suggests that people in Leicester are being forcibly tested for Covid-19 at their homes. This is incorrect. No one is being forced by Leicester City Council to get tested.
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Full Fact Aug 7
🤭 Minister "misspeaks" 🍳 Egging video was just a yolk 📊 Flawed poll goes viral Listen to a week of independent, impartial fact checks - in under three minutes ▼
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Full Fact Aug 7
A Facebook post has made several claims about the size and composition of the EU parliament compared to the UK parliament. The figures are correct, but the European Union does also have lawmakers that aren’t elected by the public.
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Full Fact Aug 6
Schools minister Nick Gibb said that we test 330,000 people a day under the Test and Trace programme. But at the time, the daily figure was around 52,000. Mr Gibb’s office told us that he "unintentionally misspoke" and was referring to testing capacity.
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Full Fact Aug 6
Videos viewed nearly five million times that show a police officer being egged by children are not what they’re cracked up to be. Read the fact check ►
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Full Fact Aug 6
How you measure averages can make a big difference. A poll asked Brits what % of GB had died from Covid-19. The mean average was 7%, but this was heavily skewed by outliers. The median average, was 1% - far closer to the real figure of around 0.1%.
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Full Fact Aug 5
How many cases of Covid-19 are happening near you? We’ve written a simple guide, so you can check the official data yourself.
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Full Fact Aug 5
Viral videos that seemingly show a police officer lying on the ground while children throw eggs at him are not genuine. Police have no record of this happening, and one of the videos was posted by a prank site.
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Full Fact Aug 5
The schools minister, Nick Gibb, said on the Today Programme that 330,000 people are being tested for Covid-19 each day. The true number, for England, is more like 52,000.
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Full Fact Aug 5
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This is still much higher than the true death rate of around 0.1%. But percentages between zero and one were not valid answers to the survey question, meaning that people who knew the correct level would have been forced to give an “incorrect” answer.
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Full Fact Aug 5
A poll claimed the average Brit thinks Covid-19 has killed 7% of the country. This uses a mean average, which is heavily skewed by the few people who estimated high death rates. The median estimated death rate was 1%. [1/2]
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Full Fact Aug 5
It’s been claimed the daily allowance for peers in the House of Lords is higher than the monthly allowance for Universal Credit. This is out of date. Universal Credit was set to rise in April, and was temporarily increased further because of Covid-19.
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Full Fact Aug 4
Our readers have asked us to explain the rules about quarantining on arrival in the UK from other countries.
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Full Fact Aug 4
We’ve seen several claims on Facebook that even an ordinary face mask can cause you to breathe in too much carbon dioxide. This is not true.
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Full Fact Aug 2
A Facebook post has claimed that a BBC article says the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is planning to put microchips in Covid-19 vaccines. This is not true. The BBC article is a speculative piece on the future of travel and does not mention microchips.
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Full Fact Aug 2
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Full Fact Aug 2
One requirement of the government's TfL bailout was to bring forward proposals to raise the congestion charge. It's misleading to suggest that the Mayor could have simply brought forward proposals, kept the charge as it is, and still receive the bailout.
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