Conspiracy Theories : No Longer Just The Cranks

Still from the film 'Signs' which featured lots of wearing of tin foil hats
Nearly half of people in England believe in conspiracy theories about COVID-19, according to a survey carried out by psychologists at the University of Oxford, with nearly 20 percent agreeing separately that either Jews or Muslims were responsible for spreading the virus. The survey was published in the respected journal Newsweek.
  • 50% of those asked think COVID-19 is a bioweapon developed by China to destroy the West.
  • 20% of those asked think Jews have created the virus to collapse the economy for financial gain.
  • 20% of those asked think Muslims are spreading the virus as an attack on Western values.

The research also concluded suggests that people who believe in these conspiracy theories are less likely to comply with government guidelines on social distancing rules ...
thereby contributing to the spread of the disease ...
Such ideas were also associated with paranoia, general vaccination conspiracy beliefs, climate change conspiracy belief, a conspiracy mentality, and distrust in institutions and professions ...