You might have heard this classic story of COVID-19 where in late 2019 someone at the now world-famous Huanan seafood market in Wuhan was infected with a virus from an animal, probably a bat. Not just this, but there are many other theories about the origin of coronavirus.
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Let’s have a look at the top 10 COVID-19 theories:
1. The virus escaped from a Chinese lab
This is one of the most famous theories about COVID-19. The epicentre of the global pandemic is indeed the Chinese city of Wuhan. However, the so-called-coincidence of China’s lead institute studying bat coronaviruses being in the same city as the origin of the COVID outbreak has proven too real for conspiracists to resist.
2. COVID was created as a biological weapon
Some theories say that the COVID was intentionally created by Chinese scientists as a biowarfare weapon. However, this theory can be easily debunked now that there is unambiguous scientific evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 virus has entirely natural origins as a zoonotic virus originating in bats.
3. The US military imported COVID into China
The Chinese government also responded with a conspiracy theory of its own that blames back around onto the United States. This idea went viral initially by Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who Tweeted against the US military.
4. Blaming 5G
A theory states that COVID-19 originated because of 5G networks. However, this theory should be easy to debunk since it’s biologically impossible for viruses to spread using the electromagnetic spectrum.
5. Bill Gates as a scapegoat
Many of the theories also involve Bill Gates, who became a new target of disinformation after gently criticizing the World Health Organization. The theory states that Bill Gates had foreknowledge of the COVID pandemic or even purposely caused it.
6. GMOs are somehow to blame
Another theory came out where an Italian attorney Francesco Billota write a bizarre article for Il Manifesto, falsely claiming that Genetically modified crops cause genetic pollution that allows viruses to multiply due to the resulting environmental imbalance.
7. COVID-19 doesn’t actually exist
According to some controversial theorists, COVID-19 doesn’t actually exist but is a plot by the globalist elite to take away our human rights and freedoms. There were even anti-lockdown protests across several states in the US because of this theory. The protest was harmful since people increasingly refused to observe social distancing measures, and might have helped in spreading the epidemic further in their localities, increase the resulting death rate.
8. COVID is a plot by Big Pharma
Some clever people depend on their market on getting people to believe that evidence-based medicine doesn’t work and is a plot by big pharmaceutical companies to make us ill.
9. COVID death rates are inflated
Many conspiracy theorists say that COVID death rates are being inflated and therefore there is no reason to contribute towards lockdown regulations or other social distancing measures. However, this theory has no basis in fact. More likely the current death toll is an actually under-count.
10. COVID-19 is being manipulated by the ‘deep state’
Some believe that a “deep state” of America’s elite is conspiring to demoralize the president and that Dr Anthony Fauci (the face of the US coronavirus pandemic response), is a secret member.
The reality can be far different from conspiracy theories. It’s better to listen and read only trusted and relevant news and stay safe during the tough time of this global pandemic.