The coronavirus pandemic has killed thousands of people across the globe and reshaped the global economy entirely. Moreover, unsurprisingly, it has also led to several conspiracy theories about the virus. Karen Douglas – Social Psychology professor at the University of Kent says, “Conspiracy theories flourish in times of crisis, which is obviously the case here”. She further adds, “They tend to surround big events that require big explanations [because] small explanations are unsatisfying.”
Conspiracy theories about Coronavirus have flooded the internet. The 5G technology, some mysterious lab, or Bill Gates being the mastermind behind it all. Furthermore, a recent study by Pew Research Center suggests that 29% of Americans believe that the virus was made in a lab. However, the scientific evidence significantly suggests it is a case of animal transfer.
Conspiracy theories flourish in the time of crisis due to fear and lack of knowledge. However, understanding, reacting to, and learning lessons from rapidly unfolding events is critically important. Unexpected twists and turns are revealed with time and we have to be prepared in order to survive – as a community, business or an individual.