Coronavirus and Covid-19: More than 2.300 rumors and conspiracy theories

More than 2.300 Different non-existent rumors and conspiracy theories around the world about the new coronavirus and Covid-19 disease, which he causes, has identified a new international scientific study.

According to the research, unfortunately this situation has potentially serious consequences for individuals and entire countries, already leading to several thousand hospital admissions and deaths, which could probably have been avoided. Irresponsible spermology undermines citizens' trust in the recommendations of the health authorities and incites indifference and "resistance" out of place and time.

For’ this, as the researchers point out, the competent authorities must actively take care to refute, as much as they can, such potentially dangerous information, which have found suitable ground especially on social media. Among other things, it has been claimed that the coronavirus was created in the laboratory as a biological weapon, that it is more innocent than seasonal flu and that it kills fewer people, that it is used by some malicious elites to "mantra" humanity and hold it captive to fear, that the consumption of bleach, alcohol, garlic, vitamin C or cow urine (!) can kill the virus or protect against infection, etc..

Investigators (epidemiologists, other doctors and social scientists), who made the relevant publication in the American Medical Journal "American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene", analyzed the content that circulates on social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.), as well as newspaper articles and television reports. They found it that way 2.311 rumors (89%), conspiracy theories (8%) and reports of discrimination, stigma and violent behavior (3%) on coronavirus and Covid-19 in 25 languages ​​in 87 Countries.

This non-existent or misleading content concerned the disease itself, its contagion and mortality (24%), restrictive measures to control the pandemic (21%), vaccines and other treatments (19%), the cause and origin of the disease (15%) and other things (21%). More than eight out of ten (82%) of these rumors and theories were completely false.

As the disease spreads in waves, the study distinguished similar waves of misinformation, with the first in between 13 and 21 February, the second in between 14 February and 7 Of March, while the third - and larger- after 8 Of March.



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