Sunday, May 17, 2020

"Corona is spread invisibly through the air"

The flyer in my mailbox says that coronavirus is "the biggest lie in the world". All the demonstrators around the world seem to agree, and they might well share the flyer's xenophobia: "Corona was introduced by foreigners and asylum seekers!" But this particular variant has a local spin unlikely in Lansing or London: "Basel pharma companies are behind it!" Apparently, Roche and Novartis introduced the virus to make money with a vaccine. So many of the flyer's statements are absurd that it even makes something true sound like paranoia: "Corona is spread invisibly through the air." – Yes, and the viruses of xenophobia and fascism are spread visibly by flyers into mailboxes. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 17 May)

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