Oct 26, 2021
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Proponents of COVID-19 conspiracy theories have increased risk of infection and dismissal

In April 2020, when countries began to massively impose restrictions after the pandemic was declared, scientists from the University of Amsterdam surveyed 5,700 residents of the Netherlands in order to find out how susceptible people are to conspiracy theories. The respondents were asked if they consider the coronavirus a biological weapon or a worldwide conspiracy to restrict the rights and freedoms of citizens.

Eight months later, scientists again asked the same respondents about whether they had to take a PCR test and what result they got, as well as whether they were violating restrictive measures and how the pandemic had changed their lives.

Covid dissidents were expected to be more likely to avoid adherence to prevention measures, and in this group the risk of infection was higher compared to those who did not adhere to conspiracy theories. According to scientists, such people are more likely to not give up on a crowded party and will neglect masks and other protective measures against the virus.

The survey results also showed that conspiracy theorists were more likely to be unemployed and out of regular income, likely indicating their strained relationships with those around them, including colleagues.

“Even if a conspiracy theory is highly implausible in terms of logic or scientific evidence, it can have a serious impact on relationships with people, emotions and behavior,” – said the study authors.

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