A study by the University of Basel suggests those who believe conspiracy theories about the coronavirus are often younger, hold more extreme political views and have a low level of education.
The study examined 1,600 German speakers in Switzerland and Germany. The results have been published in the magazine, ‘Psychological Medicine’.
The participants were given a list of 49 theories – such as the virus is a biological weapon built by the Chinese or the lockdowns are a deliberate mass surveillance operation.
10% of the respondents agreed with at least one of the theories.
But the study did show not all who agreed with the theories fell into the same bracket – so the researchers urge caution about jumping to conclusions regarding those who believe some of the stories.