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From “deep state” leaks to drinking bleach, research shows these coronavirus conspiracy theories could be as dangerous as the disease itself

Already, we can see “alternative healing approaches” to coronavirus cropping up—some of them very dangerous

By D Jolley, P Lamberty  

Tourists and Milanese have been wearing masks. But research shows conspiracy theories stop people taking more ordinary measures. Photo: PA

The novel coronavirus continues to spread around the world, with new cases being reported all the time. Spreading just as fast, it seems, are conspiracy theories that claim powerful actors are plotting something sinister to do with the virus. Our research into medical conspiracy theories shows that this has the potential to be just as dangerous for societies as the outbreak itself.

One conspiracy theory proposes that the coronavirus…

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