Group screening takes samples from multiple people, mixes them together, and tests them as one. People within a group that test positive are individually retested, or an algorithm is used to identify positive individuals.
Pros: Fewer tests to process; more people tested; lower cost; detection of asymptomatic cases.
Cons: It is not efficient when the infection rate is high. Continue reading What is group screening for COVID-19?
This explainer article details the Northern Ireland Executive’s COVID-19 recovery plan. Last changed on Thursday 15 October 2020, this article is no longer being updated. Please refer to the NI Direct website for information about the latest restrictions.
[This article was originally part of the COVID-19 Information Dissemination (COVID-19 ID) Project—a partnership between Community Development and Health Network (CDHN) and FactCheckNI. The project’s aim was to improve people’s health literacy about COVID-19 by providing accurate and up-to-date information which would increase knowledge, understanding and confidence and enable people to make good health decisions.]
What is the Northern Ireland circuit breaker?
On 14 October 2020, The Executive Office published an update to the list of regulatory (enforceable) measures as well as additional health guidance.
For a period of four weeks, starting at 6pm on Friday 16 October, the following will be in effect:
- Support bubbles are limited to 10 people from two households
- No overnight stays in a private home unless in a bubble
- Hospitality sector to close (except for takeaway/delivery)
- Fast food to close nightly at 11pm
- No sale of alcohol (in off-licences and supermarkets) after 8pm
- Retail remains open with emphasis on mitigations
- No mass events involving more than 15 people
- No close-contact services, including hairdressers and beauticians (health needs excluded)
- No indoor sport; no organised outdoor sport involving mixing of households (exception for elite athletes)
- Gyms open for individual training only
- Churches remain open (face masks mandatory on entering/leaving)
- Funerals limited to 25 people with no gatherings before or afterwards
- Weddings limited to 25 people (from Monday 19 October)
- Advised not to travel unnecessarily
- Advised to work from home
- Universities and further education advised to deliver distance learning as much as possible
In addition, the school half term holiday will be extended, beginning on Monday 19 October and reopening on Monday 2 November.
Continue reading What is Northern Ireland’s COVID-19 recovery plan?
- Covid-19 was downgraded from high-consequence infectious disease (HCID) status by the UK government on 19th March, 2020.
- Death rates are no higher this year than in a bad flu season.
- Covid-19 is being put on death certificates fraudulently, without a test having been carried out and when the patient died of something else.
CONCLUSION: A mixture of ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION, UNSUBSTANTIATED, and INACCURATE claims that use non-specific phrases, missing context, and words that provoke an emotional reaction to the claims rather than a rational, evidence-based one. Continue reading What’s the accuracy of claims regarding COVID-19 featured in a leaflet distributed in parts of Lagan Valley constituency?
CLAIM: 33 people died by suicide during the first week of September in Northern Ireland.
CONCLUSION: UNSUBSTANTIATED. There are no official statistics or evidence to support the claim that 33 people died by suicide in Northern Ireland (or any specific area of it) during the first week of September 2020. Continue reading Did 33 people die by suicide during the first week of September 2020 in Northern Ireland?
CLAIM: 82% of the public are now wearing face masks [or coverings] on Translink buses and trains in Northern Ireland.
CONCLUSION: ACCURATE. Translink’s statistics indicate that over 80% of passengers were wearing face coverings on its services at the end of July. Continue reading Are 82% of the public wearing face masks on Translink buses and trains?
This explainer article answers some of the questions you may have about the StopCOVID NI Mobile App and how it works. We will update the article as, and when, new information becomes available.
[This piece is part of the COVID-19 Information Dissemination (COVID-19 ID) Project — a partnership between Community Development and Health Network (CDHN) and FactCheckNI. Its aim is to improve people’s health literacy about COVID-19 by providing accurate and up-to-date information which will increase knowledge, understanding and confidence and enable people to make good health decisions.] Continue reading StopCOVID NI Mobile App: Q&A