Conspiracy theories are not a new concept. These theories and beliefs stem from an idea that there is an influential person or organization orchestrating events. Of course, it’s natural for the human mind to search for patterns and answers to a situation that is incredibly complex. In times of stress, there is often a rise of conspiracy theories, and the Covid-19 pandemic is not exempt from this. For a full list of popular conspiracy theories, click here.
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Karen Douglas, a professor of social psychology, explained that “Conspiracy theories become more prominent in times of crisis and this has a lot to do with uncertainty. People need explanations for significant events, and when information from official channels is incomplete, inconsistent, or continually unfolding – as is the case with coronavirus – we often look for quicker, simpler explanations.”
In a recent article, journalist Mark Lynas highlights some of the most common conspiracy theories behind the Coronavirus:
This conspiracy theory should be easy to debunk: it is biologically impossible for viruses to spread using the electromagnetic spectrum. Conspiracy theories are enticing because they often link two things which at first might appear be correlated; in this case, the rapid rollout of 5G networks was taking place at the same time the pandemic hit.
Bill Gates as a scapegoat
Bill Gates became a new target of disinformation after gently criticizing the defunding of the World Health Organization. A recent variant of this conspiracy theory is the idea that COVID is part of a Gates-led plot to vaccinate the world’s population.
The virus escaped from a Chinese lab
It is true that the original epicenter of the epidemic, the Chinese city of Wuhan, also hosts a virology institute where researchers have been studying bat coronaviruses for a long time. [Although new research shows that] genetic sequencing showed that the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus did not match any of the viruses sampled and studied in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
COVID was created as a biological weapon
According to Pew Research, “nearly three-in-10 Americans believe that COVID-19 was made in a lab,” either intentionally or accidentally (the former is more popular: specifically, 23 percent believe it was developed intentionally, with only 6 percent believing it was an accident).
The US military imported COVID into China
The Chinese government responded to the anti-China theories with a conspiracy theory of its own that seeks to turn blame back around onto the United States. This idea was spread initially by Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who Tweeted “it’s possible that the US military brought the virus to Wuhan.”
GMOs are somehow to blame
Anti-GMO activists have tried to blame modern agriculture. In early March, Italian attorney Francesco Billota penned a bizarre article for Il Manifesto, falsely claiming that GM crops cause genetic pollution that allows viruses to proliferate due to the resulting environmental “imbalance.”
COVID-19 doesn’t actually exist
According to professional conspiracy theorists like David Icke and InfoWars’ Alex Jones, COVID-19 doesn’t actually exist, but is a plot by the globalist elite to take away our freedoms.
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