10 Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories
While coronavirus infects celebrities and ordinary people, entire countries are quarantined, and the Russians began to slowly stock up on food, theories about how Covid-19 arose and who benefits from it are multiplying like mushrooms.
• Here are the top 10 coronavirus-related conspiracy theories.
10. Bill Gates did it
If you don't understand how Bill Gates fits into the coronavirus story, let's go back to October. Just this month, Bill and Melinda Gates partnered with the World Economic Forum and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security to conduct a pandemic exercise called Event 201, which simulates a massive coronavirus outbreak.
• Ironically, the Covid-19 virus appeared two months after this test. Conspiracy theorists believe that the program was just a prelude to the upcoming epidemic, which the three organizations jointly planned.
9 Chinese-Eaten Bats Are Blame
According to the most common theory about the emergence of coronavirus, it all started with a seafood market in Wuhan, China. There you can buy not only seafood, but also live and dead animals, including bats – likely carriers of Covid-19.
• Therefore, information appeared on social media that the tendency of some Chinese to eat bats is to blame for the spread of the disease. This assumption was supported by a number of viral videos that showed people allegedly devouring bats or soup from them with an appetite.
• However, there is no evidence that eating bats was the source of the coronavirus outbreak. And one of the studies even links the Wuhan coronavirus with snakes.
8. 5G internet made it
Wuhan is one of the first Chinese cities to have 5G mobile internet. And he became the first city from which the spread of coronavirus began. "Coincidence? I don’t think so!” Dana Ashley, one of the conspiracy theorists, tells us.
• In her opinion, the Covid-19 virus was provoked by the waves emitted by 5G towers. Ashley substantiated her opinion with a study conducted in 2000, which revealed that the 5G network posed a danger to human health. Ashley says the so-called coronavirus is actually radiation poisoning that weakens the immune system and makes people more vulnerable to disease.
7. Pharmaceutical companies created SARS-CoV-2
Although RuNet is already full of jokes that toilet paper and buckwheat producers are in talks to buy Apple and Yandex, the coronavirus epidemic has become a fertile time not only for them, but also for pharmaceutical companies.
• They are obvious beneficiaries, which means they have come under the attention of conspiracy theorists. One of these theories says that all the hype associated with the coronavirus is a deliberate whipping up of panic, and its main PR customers are major players in the global pharmaceutical market.
• In 2009, the world already saw something similar, then the hysteria was associated with the spread of swine flu. At that time, Roche ran a huge advertising campaign for Tamiflu, and earned about $1 billion from it.
• This year, the manufacturer of Arbidol has already declared its medicine effective against coronavirus. How much he will earn on this – who knows?
6. The Canadian government is involved
Although this theory is less popular than the version about the creation of the coronavirus in China or the United States, it has a place to be. So we have to tell you about it. The Covid-19 virus is believed to have been created at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Canada. In this institution, as well as in the Chinese laboratory in Wuhan, deadly viruses are being studied.
• Some conspiracy theorists believe that Chinese spies stole the virus and sent it to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where it eventually caused an epidemic.
5. The Chinese made 2019-nCov
One of the most popular coronavirus-related conspiracy theories is that Covid-19 was created as a bioweapon and ordered by the Chinese government.
• However, the virus then "leaked" from a research laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology due to a breach of security protocol.
• According to another version of this rumor, the virus was studied in the laboratory (after being detected in animals), but the ending of this story is completely the same as the first version.
• Some experts just laugh at the theory that the coronavirus is a bioweapon. Such a weapon does not make sense, because Covid-19 does not always cause death or serious complications, and there are much more dangerous pathogens. For example, Ebola, Lassa fever or Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, which has a mortality rate of 30 to 50 percent. By comparison, the global death rate for Covid-19 is about 3 percent.
4. Americans created Covid-19
One of the wildest theories surrounding the origin of the coronavirus is that it was commissioned by the United States government to destroy China's economy. And its distributors were the US military, who arrived in China back in October.
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• Others attribute the Covid-19 epidemic to the fact that thousands of Americans developed lung disease last year. This was blamed on electronic cigarettes. Conspiracy theorists think this lung disease outbreak was just a front for the new coronavirus.
3. The Simpsons predicted the coronavirus
Enterprising "conspiracy sleuths" often dig very deep and find warnings and allusions to current events in various written sources, in films and even animated series such as The Simpsons.
• Since The Simpsons is one of the longest-running animated series that has remained popular for more than 30 years, it is just a storehouse of various topics for conspiracy theorists.
• Case in point: Episode 21 of Season 4 (filmed in 1993) focuses on an outbreak of a mysterious disease called Osaka Flu. Osaka is in Japan, not China, but a great series can be forgiven for small mistakes, right?
2. Dean Koontz predicted coronavirus
The coronavirus was "discovered" in the 1981 novel Eyes of Darkness by science fiction writer Dean Koontz. He talks about the global epidemic caused by the Wuhan-400 virus, created in a Chinese military laboratory.
• However, the chorus of voices declaring that Kunz is a prophet quickly died down when it turned out that the year 2020 was not mentioned at all in the novel, the lethality of the “book infection” was 100%, and the screenshot of the page scattered across the Web was taken from a collection of prophecies by Sylvia Brown – a self-proclaimed medium and psychic. She really predicted that in 2020 there would be an outbreak of a disease, not just a coronavirus, but pneumonia.
• In the original text of Kunz's book, the virus was created not by the Chinese, but by the Soviet military, and was called Gorki-400. From the former USSR, he migrated to China, and at the same time changed his name in 2008, in a publication published by Berkley. The Americans have long known that there is a laboratory in Wuhan that studies viruses, but the USSR no longer exists, apparently because of this, the virus in the book changed its registration and “name”.
1. Coronavirus came from space
• On the night of October 10-11, the sky over northeast China was lit up by a bright flash due to an exploding meteorite.
• Conspiracy theorists have not ignored this incident, and believe that the coronavirus came to Earth from outside, from outer space. Moreover, this was not announced by some nameless British scientist, but by Professor Chandra Wikramasingh from the Buckingham Center for Astrobiology.
• However, other scientists believe that this is unlikely, since the meteorite did not hit the ground, and even if it did, the virus would not have survived the extreme landing temperature. Meteors that do not burn up in the atmosphere can heat up to 650°C by the time they hit the ground. This is more than enough to kill the coronavirus, which cannot tolerate temperatures above 40 degrees.