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Why pandemics create conspiracy theories

From anti-Semitic hysteria during the Black Death to the recent burning of 5G masts, epidemic diseases are breeding grounds for misinformation and persecution. By Richard J. Evans Conspiracy theories about coronavirus have become so widespread that they’re now generating news stories in the national media and provoking public reactions from […]

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Coronavirus: for Africa’s sake, the West should be selfish this time

By Carlos Lopes The COVID-19 pandemic cannot be classified as a surprise. Several studies, intelligence reports and epidemiologic knowledge all predicted some infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome would likely spread around the world. The recent warnings of coronavirus type of infections had been limited in geographical range […]

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5G radiation does not cause or spread coronavirus. Saying it does is destructive

A conspiracy theory claiming 5G can spread the coronavirus is making the rounds on social media. The myth supposedly gained traction when a Belgian doctor linked the “dangers” of 5G technology to the virus during an interview in January. Closer to home, Facebook group Stop5G Australia (with more than 31,700 members) has various posts linking […]