Navigating Covid Conspiracies

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Post # 46
708 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My mom is in a conservative part of the country and in charge of getting elderly people signed up-no small task right?

She’s heard it all, and has a pretty good manner and sense of humor. When someone starts into conspiracies she says “now listen, I’ve had the vaccine and I’ll be the first to tell you, this third arm has been so helpful! Honest to pete, I don’t know how I lived all these years without it!” 

She has the advantage of a community where people know one another. She tells people “you know Kate and Sarah? They’ll be the ones to check you in. And George, you remember when he was sheriff right, well he’ll be one of the people monitoring you to make sure you’re feeling alright afterwards.”

She adds humanity back into the conversation. She listens to their concerns, and accepts she may not get them on the first or second round of calls. She is often the first intelligent conversation they’ve had about the pandemic and acknowledges it takes many more to get someone back to what they truly believe at their core verses conspiracies they’ve read in isolation.

Post # 49
3081 posts
Sugar bee

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@strawberrysakura:  I feel you

My dad, who is a cancer survivor among other health issues, replied to my question about him taking the vaccine with 

“well i dont want to, but they will probably force me. Some of the vaccines have nano technology put in there by Bill Gates who wants to reduce the world population”

……………so thats a no then?

Geeesh. I hope in time they will feel more comfortable and see that there is no truth in the stuff they are watching/reading. 

Post # 50
9362 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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@strawberrysakura:  anyone I’ve known that was hesitant I tell them “listen, I personally know people that worked on these vaccines. They are friends. They are good, honest, intelligent, educated, caring people. They took it themselves, they gave it to their families. They are trying to help you not hurt you.” and if that doesn’t work I figure time will eventually turn them around. 

Post # 51
546 posts
Busy bee

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@tetonlove:  Your mom sounds wonderful. I think that’s a great way to approach it – keep it light, but firm.

Unfortunately it’s almost impossible to reason with them. They’ve decided what to believe and no amount of logical reasoning will sway them otherwise.  I don’t think they’ll believe it until enough time has passed for it to be proven in their own eyes  – they don’t believe scientists, so that proof won’t help. 

But keeping it light may help them come around a little sooner because they won’t be dreading the “I told you sos” so much. 

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