Coronavirus conspiracy theories you shouldn’t believe
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Conspiracy theory: Chinese eating habits caused the virus
Perhaps you’ve seen this one in your social media newsfeed. We certainly have. Yes, some people in China eat bats. But did this pandemic begin because bats are a delicacy for some in China? No. There is no evidence that eating bats, or for that matter, pangolins, caused the outbreak.
“When psychological states are peaked and people are anxious, they’re more apt to share [inaccurate] information,” Jen Grygiel, assistant professor in communications specialising in memes and social media at Syracuse University, told Rolling Stone. “We don’t know where COVID-19 came from, but it’s safe to say characterising the virus as a product of an entire country’s eating habits is inaccurate and wildly offensive,” Rolling Stone reports.