Understanding the accuracy of PCR and Lateral Flow tests - and how they compare - is key in assessing the UK's community testing program

Well-designed patient outreach can help tackle misinformation where it does the most harm

Engaging directly and openly with patients can have a lasting effect - for both the patients and the scientists trying to help them.

Pandemic prediction problems: meet the psychics who claim to have predicted COVID-19

Psychics and astrologers now claim to have successfully predicted the pandemic, here's what their 2020 predictions actually said

Qanon’s references to ‘Adrenochome’ echo old, anti-Semitic Blood Libel myths

Adrenochrome has become a central part of the Qanon theory, despite 'Q' never mentioning it; its history is long, and deeply anti-Semitic.

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What does Covid-safe dentistry look like?

Dentists are quite literally in the firing line when it comes to COVID-19, but we're taking every precaution possible to treat patients safely.

David Icke’s 2018 tour sowed the seeds for a return to the conspiracy mainstream

David Icke's 2018 tour sanitised some of his more outré claims and played to the free speech gallery, readying his return to the mainstream.

Kardecism: the fringe spiritualist doctrine which became the soul of pseudoscience in Brazil

Kardecism - an 19th century off-shoot of spiritualism - found fertile ground in Brazil, and grew to wholly undermine trust in science and medicine.

Meet the conspiracy theorists who believe Covid isn’t real… because viruses don’t exist

In the world of the virus deniers, not only is the novel coronavirus fake, but viruses themselves don't actually exist.

Have we seen the last of the vanishing phantom hitchhiker?

Familiarity and caution may have killed off the story of the phantom hitchhiker, but our draw towards creepy tales will always find an outlet.

Is the US government in contact with an alien “galactic federation”?

Haim Eshed, former head of Israel’s Defense Ministry, claims aliens are working with the US government. I'd like to see some evidence.

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