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Looking into their eyes: a cross section of some people opposed to the official COVID narrative

Raminder S Mulla; Amy Willows; Rusere Shoniwa

This report describes the application of an interview methodology to profiling a group of people opposed to the official COVID-19 narrative in England, UK between March 2020 and December 2021. To our knowledge, it is the first work that has applied qualitative methods to investigating the attitudes of this group of people.

Key Findings: Most believed that COVID was a real illness, with a defined risk profile. Most were not opposed to vaccination as medical practice in itself, but did express doubts about the rapid development, deployment and side effect profiles of the current COVID vaccines. Many participants were not personally affected by the lockdown measures, but some recounted ostracism from activities due to their choices around masking and vaccination.

The main challenge for most was managing relationships with others that had a differing view of the situation, e.g. friends and family. As a result of the past two years, participants reported increased scepticism and a greater suspicion towards the state, medical profession and vaccination as a medical practice. Some reported increased mistrust in other members of the public, borne out of a sense of disbelief at the ease with which they viewed most people as acquiescing to a state of affairs that participants regarded as highly abnormal.

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