(Right Country) – If you’re concerned about civil liberties, there’s a very good chance that your Spidey sense has been tingling since day one of the pandemic.
While there are varying opinions on the severity of the virus, there is no doubt that it has been leveraged to apply severely tyrannical–and often, totally nonsensical–coronavirus restrictions we’ve been assured would “slow the spread.”
It all made sense at first when we were dealing with a new virus that China and the World Health Organization had not been forthcoming about.
Then, as deaths plummeted, symptoms got milder, treatments were made available, and the restrictions dragged on, it became undeniable that the pandemic was being used as a political ploy.
All this has, undoubtedly, led to many to reject everything they hear about the virus and develop conspiracy theories about what’s really behind it.
This is not to say the virus hasn’t been very real or that the conspiracy theorists are correct, but it is quite worthy of note that, at this stage of the pandemic, there are many who believe the whole thing is a “hoax.”
Summit News reports that a survey conducted by Cambridge University and published in the Royal Society Open Science journal reveals that just one in eight Britishers believe that the coronavirus pandemic is a conspiracy on the part of the global elite to enable governments to mandate forced vaccination.
One in five, according to the survey, would reject any COVID vaccine.
The researchers attributed this belief to “misinformation,” which certainly has to be at least partly true, however understandable it might be that many would believe the government will end up mandating a COVID vaccine, or at least trying to.
The entire pandemic has been rife with confusion, misinformation, double-standards, and lies on the part of government officials, and much of it has surrounded forcing citizens to do or not do something that would otherwise be well within their rights.
They’ve managed to completely disrupt and upend our lives? Why wouldn’t they also cross the bridge into forced vaccination?
“Certain misinformation claims are consistently seen as reliable by substantial sections of the public,” declared the study’s co-author, Dr. Sander van der Linden.
“We find a clear link between believing coronavirus conspiracies and hesitancy around any future vaccine,” he added.
The study points to “social media echo chambers” and asserts that people will believe anything they read on their feeds without scrutinizing the information.
This is entirely true in this day and age, and causes additional confusion in a world where the mainstream and legacy media outlets are just as difficult to trust as the YouTube videos our cousins are always posting about the COVID vaccine and the Mark of the Beast.
The study also found that 23 people believe that the virus escaped from the Wuhan lab where it had been designed deliberately.
Of course, it’s hard for millions of global citizens to ignore the fact that the coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China, where there just so happens to be a virology lab that has been studying coronavirus in bats that even received funding from the Obama administration.
Just some food for thought, as Summit News has documented.
Interestingly, however, they note that the study actually lumped this in with the theory from the beginning of the pandemic that 5G had been making people more vulnerable to the coronavirus crisis and theories that breathing in hot air could cure the virus (that’s a new one!).
Around 8% of those surveyed believed that 5G weakened the immune system, while 7% believed the hot air theory.
Finally, the survey noted that those who are less mathematically fluent are more likely to believe this “misinformation,” and that a population with improved analytical skills could better sift through “fake news.”
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