25 percent believe in conspiracy theories “to some extent,” 15 percent show “permanent patterns of approval,” and ten percent show “high levels of approval.”
The coronavirus aims to control
The study involved 2,500 British adults. 20% of them believe to some extent that the coronavirus was artificially created, 40% – that its spread is a “conscious attempt by influential people to exercise control”, and according to nearly 60% the government has misled them about the causes of the pandemic.
22% of Britons more or less believe that the virus is associated with a “global conspiracy” or that it is a “foreign weapon for the destruction of humanity.” They are almost as convinced that isolation is caused by climate activists who want to control society. According to one in five Britons, the UN and the WHO have some involvement in the creation of the virus, and according to 22% it is “tactically caused panic to prevent Brexit.”
Conspiracies – a peripheral phenomenon
Although the conspiracies surrounding the new coronavirus are a global problem, the topic is not leading, RTL reports. In most countries, there are not the thousands of protests against social distancing measures that have been taking place in Germany for several weeks.
In Switzerland, much of the protest is related to cardiologist Thomas Binder, who was detained after calling for armed struggle. He linked the spread of the coronavirus to 5G technology, warning that “global terrorists” were staging a “coup” to control governments and force people to get vaccinated.
Graffiti in London: “Kovid-19 is a scam” and “5G is a killer”
Conspiracy theories in France are spread mainly on the Internet. NGOs in the country warn that hate speech has risen by 43% since restrictions on free movement were imposed in the country due to the pandemic.
In Iran, the coronavirus was described in March as a “biological attack” by the United States and Israel. After Friday prayers were canceled due to the spread of the infection, ultra-conservative clergy could not continue to spread conspiracy theories.
Doubtful ones are also heard from the White House
US President Donald Trump has shown distrust of experts and often raises issues bordering on conspiracy. In early May, Trump came into conflict with his own intelligence services, saying there was evidence that Kovid-19 was created in a Chinese laboratory. Trump also backed several protests against the crackdown. An SG investigation has shown that the demonstrations are linked to the US arms lobby.