Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby

Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby

Don't risk not knowing what's going around New Zealand and the world - catch up with interviews from Early Edition, hosted by Kate Hawkesby on Newstalk ZB.... Show More
August 13, 2020 3 min
A lack of control as we grapple with Covid 19 uncertainty, is being blamed for some people buying into conspiracy theories.
Some of them are laughable, but theories are spreading about nationwide lockdown, border breaches and speculation on new outbreaks.
Otago University psychologist Ana Stojanov told Tim Dower the Covid theories can be linked to people feeling helpless.
"People are more likely to believe in them as they feel they have access to secret knowledge that other people don't have.
"Covid 19 is causing stress and a lack of control so we're seeing more conspiracy theories specifically relating to the virus."
Stojanov says we're unlikely to ever stop conspiracies.
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