Conspiracist mindedness is typically a thinking that stems from failure to grasp reality.
In general it constitutes a simplistic and simple-minded kind of near religious apprehension of Newton’s laws, basically that there must be a simple cause for every effect.
The conspiracist minded more often than not can’t grasp that they’re dealing with huge nonlinear, complex, adaptive social, economic, technical, administrative, political, and other systems, interacting with each other, where there is no proportionality, no certainty (non-deterministic), and no simple causality. Or, they can’t handle the truth of that.
To make up for their mental (or moral) deficiency they gravitate to some “simple” cause, that they can easily grasp (and preferably one that makes them feel they have superior and sensationalist insight and knowledge to “the sheeple”. On top of that often this “cause” points to some blameworthy entity they can ascribe personal failings to. As Mencken’s famous quote put it 100 years ago, “The central belief of every moron is that he is the victim of a mysterious conspiracy against his common rights and true deserts desserts. He ascribes all his failure to get on in the world, all of his congenital incapacity and damfoolishness, to the machinations of werewolves assembled in Wall Street, or some other such den of infamy.”… Anyway, I would say the phenomenon has much, much worsened in the internet age. It has in fact become big business on the internet. There’s a huge market for it. There are a lot of fuckin eejits out there, and plenty of cranks and a motley of bloggers with one or other agenda prepared to exploit them…)
On the topic of Covid-19, no doubt we have noticed a recent upsurge in the conspiracists lately, most of it based on what Wolfgang Wodarg posted on Youtube, from Germany, three weeks ago, about this pandemic.
(Now, whatever about the perspective from Germany three weeks ago, your man Wodarg is a bit of a crank previously known for making the case that the H1N1 pandemic was exaggerated to benefit drug companies, basically that vaccine industry experts on WHO advisory groups improperly influenced the WHO’s assessment of the pandemic in order to financially benefit pharmaceutical companies etc. etc.).
Anyway, whatever about what Wodarg brings to the debate, and I am not dismissing these kind of contributions to the debate outright, they are indeed an element of democratic debate, what is dismaying is how the usual suspects so predictably gleefully jump on these narratives and amplify them, and amplify them, and exaggerate them, and quite evidently jack themselves off over them. (Noting that all the while Wodarg has been very notably silent this last three weeks as events have continued to unfold.)
Sure, it’s yet another jump from the above to the content of the OP, no doubt. I don’t think anymore that that kind of stuff warrants a serious response, though I used to think so.