Being in the midst of a pandemic can bring on anxiety and fear, even among people who are not normally prone to feeling anxious or overwhelmed. It’s easy to see how the situation we’ve all been dealing with can make us particularly susceptible to believing falsehoods—especially when everything about this is new for most of us and even the truth can seem strange.
The spread of misinformation can exacerbate fears and anxieties. It can also lead to people making irrational decisions or being irrationally angry with others. Unsurprisingly, this can cause problems in and out of the work environment. Workplaces have reported an increase in angry behaviors toward others, and some myths have ended up creating negative sentiment toward employees who others wrongly believe may have the virus.