Pandemic conspiracy theories test truth as some look for ‘a sense of order’ amid COVID-19

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Terrorist attacks, natural disasters, economic shocks and the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak are events that fuel conspiracy theories, says Edwin Hodge, a sociologist at the University of Victoria who studies far-right extremism. When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau explained those measures to help fight the pandemic, those people heard a different message, he said. “What they really hear him say is your constitutional rights don’t matter anymore,” said Hodge. “Now we’re going to separate and isolate you and that’s how we’re going to get you.”