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August 2, 2020
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Appearing 8/2, a re-run of…
Article of July 31, 2020 by Korin Miller
Conspiracy theories around COVID-19 continue to spread.
Experts weigh in on why people believe them.


When Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Republican who has publicly shunned face masks, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, the news sparked a chain reaction…
…Soon after, Gohmert released a video on Twitter, revealing that he is asymptomatic. He then shared a conspiracy theory about wearing masks that, apparently, he also believes. Gohmert said he “can’t help but wonder” if he contracted COVID-19 from adjusting his mask with his hands…

…Gohmert’s theory on his mask’s role in his COVID-19 diagnosis, however, may be rooted in outdated information. Back in March, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, said in an interview with 60 Minutes that “there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask,” adding that people who wear masks tend to touch their face more often to adjust them, and that comes with a risk of spreading germs from their hands to their face.
However, that has since been debunked, and face masks became widely recommended by public health officials, including Fauci, in April.

Gohmert is far from the only person spouting flawed information — or floating conspiracies — around the coronavirus…

…There is plenty of scientific evidence available online from reputable sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, and numerous research studies that show COVID-19 is a real threat to public health. There is also research that shows wearing a mask in public can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Still, conspiracy theories persist.

So, why do people buy into these COVID-19 conspiracy theories?

There are many reasons why people believe in conspiracy theories, but the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 make it particularly ripe for these theories — and believers….

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