Every week in Fact/Fiction, The Big Issue examines spurious claims, questionable studies or debatable stories from the press to determine whether they are fact or fiction. This week we focus on dubious reports linking vaping to the spread of Covid-19. It was picked up by the likes of The Telegraph and MailOnline, but is it true? We investigate.
How it was told
It’s the invisible enemy confining us to our homes and away from loved ones.
From thorough hand washing to the importance of ventilation, for nearly a year we’ve been inundated with information about how droplets carrying Covid-19 spread.
But should vaping have been on that list all along? Anyone who has walked down a high street will be familiar with being engulfed by a sickly sweet fog from a nearby pedestrian.
Even sticking to a two-metre distance there’s little chance of avoiding an oncoming blueberry cloud exhaled by someone walking ahead of you.
That’s why headlines this week sparked fears that vapers in public were putting others at risk. Reports warned that Covid-positive people using vapes and breathing out lots of smoke were nearly a fifth more likely to pass it on, they said.