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The Psychology Behind Why People Believe Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

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Bill Gates is plotting a way to vaccinate the entire population. 5G towers sparked the spread of COVID-19. The coronavirus was created in a Chinese lab as a bioweapon.

A number of conspiracy theories like these are circulating right now, offering creative (and implausible) explanations as to why and how the coronavirus got such a foothold across the globe. One video ― called “Plandemic” ― made the rounds on social media recently, peddling hoaxes about COVID-19 (like a theory that masks will activate the virus and getting vaccines in the past has made us more susceptible to the illness).

“People are drawn to conspiracy theories during periods of crisis and uncertainty, and this is certainly one of those times,” Karen Douglas, a professor of psychology at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom, told HuffPost.

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