The Coronavirus swept in, in the latter months of 2019 and has since gone on to take the world by storm. There is no country, no matter how advanced or prepared, that has been left untouched by the novel virus. It brought with it mass death and destruction, unlike anything the present generation has seen. While the world has seen pandemics and epidemics breaking out before we have something now that was not there before: The internet. It is also because of the Internet that COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories are spreading rampantly.
With the internet, information is quick to spread and so is misinformation, so it comes as no great surprise that there was a plethora of misinformation that spread as quickly as the virus did. People immediately started looking for ways in which they could rationalise the virus amidst all the fear and did not realise that what they were doing was consuming false information. Here are some of the biggest COVID-19 conspiracy theories that have been making their rounds.
COVID and 5G are related says Donald trump
One of the first COVID conspiracy theories to have spread was the belief that COVID-19 was being spread via 5G antennas which could attack the immune system. Donald Trump’s supporters believed this as he was the one to spread the news. This later led to mass outrage. Scientists debunked the myth by proving there was no truth behind it.
When Trump’s answer to COVID-19 was ingesting bleach
Another COVID myth that was helmed by former President Donald Trump was one that spoke about the power of cures that had nothing to do with science and medicine. Donald Trump spoke about how injecting or consuming bleach could help people kill the virus internally and many people took this seriously leading to fatalities. Trump later clarified that he was being sarcastic and did not want people to ingest bleach.
The Trumps called the virus a ‘Democratic Party Hoax’
A false piece of information started making the round that the Coronavirus was not really a virus but an agent of political misinformation. Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump spread the hoax when he said that the Democratic Party was making up the whole COVID-19 situation to bring Donald Trump down during his Impeachment trial. Cornell University debunked the myth by proving it was baseless.
Donald Trump alleged Anthony Fauci made up the virus to receive funding
Anthony Fauci was the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He was gaining increasing popularity because of his insistence that science was the way out of the pandemic. This popularity deeply irked Donald Trump. Conspiracy Theorists started spreading the information that Fauci was amplifying the number of cases in the US. He was allegedly doing this to receive funding for vaccines and other treatment. Understanding the severity and validity of the situation helped put the hoax to bed.
‘Eyes Of Darkness’
People believed that the virus was something that was created. This came about because of a 1981 novel called ‘Eyes of Darkness’ that was written by author Dean Koontz. The novel is about a virus that originates in the Chinese city of Wuhan. It holds descriptions that are scarily similar to the present reality. Scientists looked into the novel and proved that it had no real link to the situation at hand. It was only the power of human imagination linking the two.
Did ‘The Simpsons’ predict the pandemic?
People believe that ‘The Simpsons’ have predicted many things. This ranged from 9/11 to the election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States. The Simpsons also allegedly predicted the Coronavirus but that was later debunked as a COVID conspiracy theory. The pictures that were making their rounds said Homer had contracted the virus. The show also apparently showed a news anchor breaking the news of the virus. The truth is that the pictures were Photoshopped and lacked validity.
The Bill Gates chip implantation controversy
A theory claimed that the virus was the brainchild of Bill Gates. People were believing that he would be implanting a chip in their bodies in the form of vaccines. This further increased fear of the vaccine and prevented people from availing it. Scientists and studies later confirmed the validity of the virus.
These are only some of the numerous COVID-19 conspiracy theories that came into being when it came to the virus. The term ‘infodemic’ gained popularity with scientists and academicians. The term implied a plethora of misinformation regarding the pandemic was being spread. This made it even more difficult for authorities to help curb the pandemic. The spread of false im=nformation is what makes people suffer even more. People in authority spreading such falsities makes matters worse. Such news makes people undermine the severity of the situation and thus makes matters worse. Unnecessary fatalities also take place because of this. Fighting the infodemic is as important as fighting the virus.