While being cooped up inside during quarantine, many people have let their minds run a little wild speculating the coronavirus. Conspiracy theorists everywhere have had tons of new material to work with and plenty of time to come up with some pretty wacky theories. Thanks to the internet, these crazy speculations have had no shortage of people to read, believe and spread them. Here are some of the most common and outrageous conspiracy theories circulating the internet right now, and the reasons why they aren’t true:

  1. China engineered the Covid-19 virus and purposefully infected people.

This is one of the most common coronavirus conspiracy theories. The fact that the virus originated in Wuhan and a laboratory is located in the same city is the perfect storm for theories to develop. The idea is that the Chinese government purposefully infected its own citizens, who in turn infected the rest of the world. Though this one at least seems slightly believable, the U.S. intelligence agencies released a statement which established that the Covid-19 virus was not made by humans or genetically modified. A scientist from the lab in Wuhan also confirmed that the virus did not originate in the lab. None of the sequences from the bat coronaviruses they study matched the Covid-19 virus that is currently circulating. 

  1. 5G technology triggers the Coronavirus. 

The anti-technology conspiracy theorists are the source of this wild theory. It supports the idea that Covid-19 is somehow caused or worsened by 5G technology and cell towers. There are many variations of this, some stating that it alters people’s DNA or immune system, making them more susceptible to the virus. This conspiracy theory is rooted in very little fact. It has been proven many times that the coronavirus comes from natural causes. It is also known that 5G technology is not harmful to humans.

  1. Disease outbreaks occur every election year.

Supposedly, each major election year, dating back to 2004, has had a disease outbreak. A graphic that circulated the internet recently claimed that there has been a pandemic every two years, coinciding with United States elections. The conspiracy surrounding this one is that it isn’t a coincidence, and someone in office has released a disease to somehow help themselves. This conspiracy theory is easily debunked; most of the viruses began the year before the election year and continued through it, and the graphic is largely incorrect. The viruses were all proven to have natural origins as well. 

  1. Covid-19 is Bill Gates’ fault.

Supporters of this theory believe that the entire pandemic was engineered by Bill Gates. His end goal is supposedly to inject microchips into the public with the vaccine and somehow control or track them. The main ammo for this theory is an article on quantum dots which was published last year in December. Quantum dots are essentially small amounts of light on the skin which could help healthcare workers record what vaccinations people have had. There are no microchips involved, but people are still running rampant with this idea. 

  1. Covid-19 isn’t even real.

This theory is fairly self-explanatory. Some people believe that the entire pandemic is a hoax made up by the government. This theory doesn’t even make logistical sense. Covid-19 is affecting people worldwide, and unless every government worked together to trick all of the citizens of the world, this theory is highly unlikely. Also, many people know someone personally who has been affected by the virus. People just need to be careful of what they see and read on the internet, not all of it is even remotely close to true. Covid-19 is very real and highly contagious. People should make sure to wear a mask and practice proper social distancing measures.