The former world snooker champion believes that the government’s social distancing guidelines are harmful.
More than 34,000 people have died from the virus in the UK with thousands more affected.
The UK has been in lockdown since March with the public encouraged to limit trips outside and to maintain their distance from each other when they do so.
Ebdon, who famously beat Stephen Hendry to take the world title at the Crucible back in 2002, believes the public are being “brainwashed”.
“There’s an awful lot of brainwashing going on at the moment,” Ebdon said on BBC Radio Five Live. “We’re facing the greatest psychological operation in history.
“Is social distancing harmful? Yes, it probably is. People need touch, need to shake hands. They need to build up their immunity.”