COVID-19 conspiracy theories

@article{Douglas2021COVID19CT,
  title={COVID-19 conspiracy theories},
  author={Karen M. Douglas},
  journal={Group Processes \& Intergroup Relations},
  year={2021},
  volume={24},
  pages={270 - 275}
}
  • K. Douglas
  • Published 1 February 2021
  • Psychology
  • Group Processes & Intergroup Relations
Conspiracy theories started to appear on social media immediately after the first news about COVID-19. Is the virus a hoax? Is it a bioweapon designed in a Chinese laboratory? These conspiracy theories typically have an intergroup flavour, blaming one group for having some involvement in either manufacturing the virus or controlling public opinion about it. In this article, I will discuss why people are attracted to conspiracy theories in general, and why conspiracy theories seem to have… 
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