Some 20% of Americans believe in the conspiracy theory that microchips may have been planted inside COVID-19 vaccines that millions of people have already taken worldwide, according to a study by YouGov and The Economist that was conducted last week.
Despite a lack of evidence to support such a claim, the poll concluded overall that 15% of Americans said this conspiracy theory was “probably true” while another 5% said it was “definitely true.”
Content has been published on social media regarding the microchip theory, with many conspiracy theorists saying that COVID-19 is just a coverup for world governments and corporations to track millions of people using vaccines.
Other conspiracy theorists have targeted Bill and Melinda Gates, saying they have been behind this so-called plot. In response, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation told the BBC that this is completely “false.”
I would have thought that 1% of Americans believing in such a conspiracy theory would have been quite high; 20% is downright spooky.
I just don’t know how, or why, such conspiracy theories get started. Is it one person, or is there a core group of people who will always promote the latest conspiracy?
What is the goal of spreading such theories? Is it to create fear? Do these individuals believe they are really doing a public service by promoting such beliefs?
It seems to me that this conspiracy theory could actually cost lives, by convincing people who were on the fence about getting the vaccine to opt not to get it, which could lead to those individuals getting COVID.
I just hope the conspiracy doesn’t gain any more traction than it already has, and that the theorists will find a new conspiracy to promote.
Maybe I’ll try and start one myself.
Have you heard that the real voice behind Borden’s Blather is David Letterman, and that once he gets enough followers, he’s going to stage a coup and take over The Tonight Show…
source: The Jerusalem Post