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What are the conspiracy theories around COVID-19? Show more Show less

Despite all evidence pointing to infected animals at China's Wuhan seafood market as the source of the COVID-19, conspiracies abound. These claims range from international political plot to eccentric effort to undermine the Chinese economy. So, what are the conspiracies around this previously unseen, potentially devastating, illness?

COVID-19 is a man made biological weapon Show more Show less

As states posture for power and peace looks increasingly fragile, the virus was the perfect weapon to weaken others while avoiding warfare.
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Coronavirus is part of the UK's ongoing biological warfare campaign

The UK developed the virus in the same secret laboratory in which they developed the radioactive drugs that infected the Skripals, and killed Litvinenko.
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Context

(ALERT: Visit the WHO for accurate information about the coronavirus pandemic)[1]

The Argument

Kremlin-backed media has accused the UK of creating coronavirus for personal gain.[2] The fact that the rise of coronavirus coincided with the UK leaving the EU is not a coincidence.[3]

Counter arguments

"Scientists from multiple countries have published and analysed genomes of the causative agent, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2),1 and they overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife as have so many other emerging pathogens."[4]

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References

  1. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
  2. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8120505/Russia-blames-BRITAIN-coronavirus-outbreak.html
  3. https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/11112235/coronavirus-conspiracy-theories-debunked-bioweapon-china-government-cia-fort-detrick/
  4. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30418-9/fulltext

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