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Conspiracy Theories

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Illustrations: Ariel Davis

Who believes and why, and whether conspiracism is really getting way worse

Wild and seemingly crazy conspiracy theories can spring from any stressful or disruptive event or phenomenon, as people seek tangible explanations for the invisible or the inexplicable.


No, viruses can’t travel on 5G networks, and herd immunity is not a good option

A 5G base station in Hefei, Anhui Province of China. Photo: VCG/Getty Images

Only a highly politicized, historically deadly pandemic could generate this number of outlandish and sometimes deadly myths, conspiracies, hoaxes, and misconceptions. There are so many false Covid-19 claims floating around — more than 2,000, according to a recent study — that even the sharpest minds can be excused for a little coronavirus confusion amid this great global infodemic, fueled by hucksters and pranksters and facilitated by social media.

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