rich has always been pretty level-headed with these things, tho. we've seen him talk about conspiracy theories but as far as i'm concerned it's just reasonable, down-to-earth observations about things many people are already aware of.
remember when he criticized this Australian commercial? that's not even theorising, it's critiquing an actual govt. sponsored attempt to change public attitudes by belittling people from a specific subculture.
above all, he clearly takes proper research very seriously and he wouldn't go around spreading information about world issues (his personal career aside :3) unless he's certain that it's true.
let's not forget we're not talking about your average tin foil hat wikia editor - this man has been travelling the world for three decades to play his music. he knows how to deal with the dishonesty of the press (just look at his early interviews) and he's been prepared for fake news since before trump, before even 9/11. he knows what's what.
as Richie Sombrero said, the covid-19 figures can be ambiguous and it's a good opportunity to start checking the facts. make a habit of it.