Coronavirus conspiracy theories you shouldn’t believe
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How conspiracy theories spread
It’s a fact of human nature that we’re always trying to make sense of our world. The more uncomfortable our world makes us, the more we struggle to make sense of it. That can sometimes lead to irrational thinking, which can take the form of denial, catastrophising, victim-blaming or finger-pointing. Conspiracy theories arise from irrational thinking but take on an air of legitimacy when they’re repeated by multiple sources—from your friends and family to the media and various online sources.
Often, the first time you learn of a conspiracy theory, it’s being presented to you as fact because it has already been disseminated by seemingly reliable sources. This is precisely what’s been happening with COVID-19. From the moment coronavirus was reported as an outbreak, we have been trying to make sense of it, which has left us vulnerable to conspiracy theories.
In fact, more than 132 websites have been spreading verifiably false claims about coronavirus, according to NewsGuard, which rates the credibility of news and information sites. Here is a selection of the major COVID-19 conspiracy theories. We don’t judge you for believing, or wanting to believe. However, we do urge you to look at all of the facts before further disseminating them, as well as make sure to take the proper precautions to protect yourselves and others from coronavirus.