According to an Ipsos Mori poll carried out by King’s College London, 7% of Brits do not believe there is any evidence coronavirus exists.
The poll surveyed 2,254 UK residents aged between 16 and 75-years old, which was part of a study on conspiracy theories over the virus.
They found that 30% of Brits believe that the virus which has killed almost 450,000 globally was created in a laboratory, and they also believe the true death toll is being hidden.
The survey also found that 28% of people believe most people across the UK have had the virus and have not realised it, and 13% said it is part of a wider effort to have more people vaccinated.
8% of those surveyed believe 5G network radiation is to blame for the symptoms of coronavirus, which are false claims.
Professor Bobby Duffy, director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London said, “These sort of associations cannot prove that misinformation on social media platforms causes belief in conspiracies, lower trust and a greater likelihood of breaking the rules, but they point to a toxic mix between underlying beliefs and misleading information that can have real effects on how people behave, even during a pandemic.”
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