Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus conspiracy theories are rife around the world. (Image: peterschreiber.media/stock.adobe.com)
SARS-COV-2 conspiracy theories are spreading around the world
The uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic leave many vulnerable to conspiracy theories, some of which are deliberately propagated in order to defame certain people or groups of people. A phenomenon which is known from previous epidemic disasters and which unfortunately repeats itself with SARS-COV-2.
The conspiracy theories on the coronavirus are diverse: Bill Gates is behind and the objective is a forced vaccination of the population and the 5G transmission masts are used to intensify the symptoms of COVID-19! No explanation currently seems too confusing and such theories are spreading faster on social media than an objective clarification of the facts is possible.
Conspiracy theories about the origin and spread of the coronavirus are currently widely held internationally, reports the German Medical Journal, citing a recent study published in the trade magazine “Royal Society Open Science”. Conspiracy theories are by no means a new phenomenon, and even in the Middle Ages, for example, witches were held responsible for natural disasters and disease.
The current study includes results from surveys in Britain, Ireland, Mexico, Spain and the United States and shows, for example, that many people find it difficult to imagine a natural development of the virus, according to the German Medical Journal.
Between 22% and 23% of people polled in the UK and US believed the virus was generated in a Wuhan lab as trustworthy. In Ireland 26% of respondents, in Mexico 33% and in Spain 37%, reports the German Medical Journal.
Global forced vaccination as a goal
The conspiracy theory that the pandemic was launched to impose global vaccination has fallen on similar fertile ground. According to Deutsches Ärzteblatt, 22% of the Mexican population considered this to be credible, in Ireland, Spain and the United States 18% and in Great Britain 13%.
According to the German Medical Journal, 16% of the population in Mexico and Spain believe 5G transmission masts are used to intensify symptoms of COVID-19, 12% in Ireland and 8% each in Britain and the United States .
Little education and lack of understanding of numbers
The research team led by Sander van der Linden of the University of Cambridge also tried to find out what makes people vulnerable to conspiracy theories about the coronavirus. They conclude that a general lack of education and a lack of understanding of the numbers are important factors. For example, people who join a conspiracy against SARS would often have a probability of 1 in 1000 greater than a probability of 1 in 10.
Little faith in science
In addition, proponents of conspiracy theories often had little faith in science and journalism. They inform themselves more often via social networks and do not trust the World Health Organization (WHO), reports the German Äzteblatt. And while older people tend to cling to conspiracies in other areas, this is not the case with COVID-19. (fp)
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Dipl. Geogr. Fabian Peters
Jon Roozenbeek, Claudia R. Schneider, Sarah Dryhurst, John Kerr, Alexandra LJ Freeman, Gabriel Recchia, Anne Marthe van der Bles, Sander van der Linden: Susceptibility to disinformation about COVID-19 around the world; in: Royal Society Open Science (published October 14, 2020), royalsocietypublishing.org Deutsches Ärzteblatt: SARS-CoV-2: Conspiracy Theories Internationally Released (published October 15, 2020), aerzteblatt.de
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