5G, bioweapons and distrust: Coronavirus conspiracy theories are putting strain on families - Science

You might try to ignore it at first: Your aunt’s YouTube videos about how coronavirus is a bioweapon. The former workmate forwarding 5G conspiracy theories on WhatsApp.The pandemic has quickly changed everything — we’re confined to our homes, glued to our screens — and among some families and friends, the virus has also fractured a shared sense of what is fact, what is true.Sarah’s* father sends her links to websites full of jumbled ideas and misrepresented data. He doubts how dangerous the disease is, and because he’s in his 70s, she fears for his safety.”It floored me initially,” she says. “He was telling us he was off to do the shopping…still wanting to visit [his family], still wanting us to visit him.”She won’t let the rabbit holes he goes down derail their relationship, but she longs, during this often dismal and anxious moment, to be on the same page.Conspiracy theories predate the pandemic, and beliefs about disease have long been a battleground. Perhaps because we…



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