Earlier this year it was found that conspiracy theorists were spreading false information about the seriousness of COVID-19.
There was an update earlier this year on a coronavirus webpage that said the disease was no longer considered a ‘high consequence infectious disease’. The British government were classing the disease as highly infectious until March, where it was no longer considered this.
However, this doesn’t mean that the virus was no less deadly and should have still been treated with extreme caution. This was also not a reason for people to stop social distancing.
However, due to this change in definition, some conspiracy theorists were trying to use this to spread misinformation around the internet about the seriousness of the disease.
According to a report from Buzzfeed, certain Facebook groups with names like ’Chemtrails Global Skywatch’,’’Energy Therapy’, and “Exposing The New World Order,” as well as British conspiracy theorists such as David Icke, have claimed that the webpage is proof that the government is trying to exert power over members of the public.
The report from Buzzfeed mentions that right-wing websites in the US such as The Daily Wire have also run their own respective stories on the theory. However, anyone who shared any of this information or thought it was true, would have been put right if they had continued reading the government webpage.
This slight change was based purely on scientific classifications and didn’t mean that the virus was any less dangerous. So, with the restrictions tightening again, remember to do your own research before you break the rules.