From the idea that the coronavirus was created in a lab to the belief that it is all part of a plan to bring in compulsory vaccinations, conspiracy theories have been plentiful in recent months.
Now, research indicates that people who get their news from social media are more likely to believe in such theories – and also more likely to break lockdown rules.
Researchers from King’s College London and Ipsos Mori found that some conspiracy theories were believed by quite a high proportion of the population.
In an online survey of over 2,000 people carried out in late May, 30% thought that the coronavirus was created in a lab, up from 25% in April. A similar proportion thought the true death toll from Covid-19 was being hidden by the authorities.
About 13% believed