The “flourishing of conspiracy theories” related to the Corona epidemic and a study indicating the effectiveness of the experimental “Oxford vaccine” with the elderly are among the most prominent topics covered by British newspapers.
We start with The Guardian and a report by John Henley titled “Survey Reveals widespread belief in COVID-19 conspiracy theories”.
According to a global survey, a large number of people around the world believe that the virus that causes Covid-19 was deliberately created, or that it killed far fewer recorded statistics, or that it is just a hoax and does not exist in reality.
The poll, conducted by YouGov, the government website in cooperation with the University of Cambridge, indicates that in addition to conspiracy theories about the world being secretly run by a group of powerful people who control humans, the survey of 26,000 people in 25 countries revealed a deep concern and widespread suspicion about Any potential Covid-19 vaccine and its safety.
Among the most common conspiracy theories is that the numbers recorded for the death rate from the virus, which has so far killed nearly 1.1 million people worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University tracker, are “intentionally exaggerated.”
“Any frightening event that deprives people of a sense of control will lead to the spread of conspiracy theories,” Stephan Lewandowski, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Bristol and an expert on misinformation, told the newspaper.
“Conspiracy theories give people a sense of psychological comfort: the feeling that they are not at the mercy of randomness. Conspiracy theories are dangerous at any time, but they are more harmful in the event of a pandemic if they lead people to ignore official advice, or commit acts of sabotage or violence.”
One in four French and one in five British and Spanish respondents believed that the death rate from the virus was overestimated, while the Australians, Swedes and Japanese were more likely to reject this belief.
Large numbers also believed that the virus had been “deliberately created and spread” by the Chinese or American government, while one in five people in Poland believed that it was a “myth promoted by powerful forces” that were unknown. Roughly the same percentages in Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia said they agreed with the idea, while in the United States the percentage was 13%.
The study also revealed that more than a fifth of the participants in Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and South Africa believe that the symptoms of Covid-19 “are definitely caused by the direct physical effects on the human body” of the fifth generation mobile phone network.
‘Strong’ immune response
We move to the Daily Mail and a report by Conor Boyd, the health editor of the newspaper, about a study that concluded that the Corona virus vaccine at Oxford University leads to a “strong” immune response in the elderly.
The study indicates that the group most at risk of developing serious complications or death with Covid-19 can be protected if the experimental vaccine is given.
Experimental results showed the emergence of antibodies in patients over the age of 55.
The writer says that while this result on its own does not prove the effectiveness of the vaccine, it is a promising evidence that enhances its chances.
He adds that previous research has shown that the promising vaccine can stimulate an immune response in young people, who are less affected by the disease.
The vaccine is currently undergoing a phase III clinical trial on tens of thousands of people around the world to assess its effectiveness.
Attempts to get rid of winter monster
In the newspaper Eye, we read a report by Gwendolyn Smith entitled “The Art of Dealing with the Winter Lonely.”
The author says that the Corona virus has greatly affected our social life, and our direct contact with humans.
She added that reducing restrictions in the summer season gave us an opportunity to morally and face-to-face rapprochement with friends, as it was possible to go out in the summer weather that allows this, or even to meet in some closed places such as restaurants while taking the necessary precautions.
But she adds that the approaching winter heralds loneliness, as temperatures close to zero in the winter may not be a strong incentive to go out of the house or meet friends in the parks, especially if we add to this the fears of catching colds and the symptoms that bear similarities with symptoms Covid 19.
The author says that the matter can be controlled with good planning.
She added that this winter in particular requires us to invest in good clothes that protect from the cold and wet rain, as these clothes are our way to get out of the house to smell the fresh air at a time when large numbers of people are working at home.
She also adds that when arranging to meet friends, you must pay close attention to weather forecasts, so that the weather does not spoil the few opportunities to meet friends.