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For the vast majority of Americans who don't subscribe to conspiracy theories, an eye-roll is the most common response to these out-there ideas. However, experts warn that these theories can still do real harm to Americans' health.

Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Abound, and They Could Cause Real Harm

THURSDAY, April 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Whenever societies are placed under stress, conspiracy theories blaming this or that nefarious agent for secretly fomenting the threat inevitably arise.

It's no different during the current coronavirus crisis.

Some of the evidence-free hoaxes circulating now include theories that the virus is a military bioweapon created in a Chinese lab; that it was made and even patented by tech billionaire Bill Gates; or that new 5G cellular phone towers are the real villain -- either by transmitting the virus or by causing a "weakening" of the immune systems in people nearby.
In all of these conspiracies, the "powers that be" know all about this, but choose to keep silent.

For the vast majority of Americans who don't subscribe to these notions, an eye-roll is the most common response. But experts stress that while bogus, conspiracy theories can do real harm to Americans' health.

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