COVID-19: A Real Threat or Hoax?


Origin of beliefs

During the coronavirus disease pandemic, which peaked in 2020, governments and non-governmental organizations all across the world have worked hard to lower infection rates by promoting or legally prescribing behavior that can help the contain the spread of the virus. Simultaneously, this pandemic has sparked conspiracy theories and hypotheses. Previous research has linked conspiracy worldviews to a lack of faith in science, the biological model of sickness, and legal methods of political action. Conspiracy beliefs about nefarious forces purposely manufacturing the virus were associated with an increase in self-centered preparing behavior, whereas conspiracy beliefs about the pandemic as a hoax were more strongly connected with lower containment-related conduct.

People compensate for their lack of control in the real environment by detecting patterns, even if these patterns are illusions. The current coronavirus epidemic is an almost ideal breeding ground for conspiracy theories because there is no simply understandable mechanical explanation for the sickness, it is a global event that affects people’s lives and leaves them with a great deal of confusion.

The Dividends

There are certain exceptions to the assumption, that most people utilize knowledge about what others do as a cue for how to act themselves, and hence are more likely to display conformity and follow descriptive social standards. People with a strong desire for individuality, who believe it is critical to stand out from the crowd, are attempting to avoid doing or saying what the majority of people say or do. This is significant because, in both correlational and experimental research, people who believe in conspiracies have a higher demand for uniqueness. As a result, conspiracy theorists are less prone than the general public to follow descriptive social standards.

For some people who have refused to comply with societal norms, the outcomes have been relatively more favorable as compared to those who follow norms. This is primarily due to their physical and mental resilience to any dynamic change occurring in the population due to the virus and their innate immune status. There is relatively less panic amongst such individuals and they attempt to rely solely on their immunity for combating the virus. A majority of such individuals believe that poor mental health precludes good physical health and therefore they try to avoid any such situation which mentally corners them.

The Crisis

On the other hand, death is the inevitable outcome if you act on erroneous information. According to a new study, approximately 6,000 people were hospitalized worldwide in the first three months of 2020 as a result of coronavirus misinformation. At least 800 people may have perished as a result of COVID-19 misinformation during this time, according to researchers. Infodemics aren’t new, but they’re spreading like wildfire in our digital age. They create an environment where ambiguity thrives. Uncertainty breeds doubt and suspicion, creating the ideal climate for fear, anxiety, finger-pointing, stigma, and violent hostility, all of which can result in death.

The Conclusion

In conclusion, although the coronavirus exists with demonstrated effects on selected individuals its effects are not homogeneous throughout. It seems to affect immunocompromised and hyperimmune individuals more – to the extent of mortality. Immunocompetent individuals seem to show more resilience towards the pathological effects of the virus. Keeping this in mind, vaccination precludes the untoward effects of the virus in all groups of individuals.

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