In an age of fake news and unstoppable social media, conspiracy theories are more appealing to the public than the complex scientific facts. The surreal butterfly effect that took a few days to change our lives in an apocalyptic way, from a Chinese man eating a raw bat to the supermarkets running out of every product, would undoubtedly be a place to so many dramatic explanations.
THEORY: THE VIRUS GOT OUT FROM A LAB IN CHINA
This conspiracy theory started by an anti-CCP documentary from the “Epoch Times” and spread by Donald Trump himself through the now-famous sentence “Ask China,” has led the two countries to a very delicate diplomatic situation, the worst ever.
This purely political misinformation has sure made its way to society, and people have found it more convenient to make some links that look obvious to them and find the supposedly missing piece of the puzzle. The geographic proximity of a lab where so many viruses are studied to the epicenter of the pandemic has formed a great starting point and a strong argument to the theory.
The fact is, the constitution in question is a Level-4 bio-laboratory, which means the precautions and the security are the highest they could ever get, so the odds of a virus escaping its walls are close to zero.
THEORY: CORONA WAS MADE TO BE A WEAPON
30% of Americans now believe that the virus was specifically made in China as a biological weapon. This social paranoia finds its roots back in January when Bill Gertz from Washington Times claimed that the start of the pandemic might have a link with the biowarfare program there; Steven Mosher added in February that the virus might have originated in a Chinese lab. Since then, the news has been the talk in every social network.
As much as it seems like a logical story and it’s easier to assimilate by the brain, all the scientific facts from independent studies all over the world and American military investigations prove that the virus is definitely zoonotic, which means it was coincidently passed to humans from animals.
THEORY: THE VIRUS FIRST CAME FROM AMERICA
Now that the virus has become a highly political issue, China couldn’t stay indifferent to all the claims it received, so they had to give their own version of the story as a response. As much as Trump is calling it the China virus, their ministry spokesman tried to label it as the American one through his Twitter account. The inculcation China is spreading is that the virus came with United States military members during the world games all the way back in October 2019.
Let’s move now from reasonable defamations to unconceivable stories.
THEORY: BILL GATES STARTED THE PANDEMIC
Unfortunately, society is more likely to consider Billionaires as villains, no matter how much good to the world they do. As Bill Gates has been warning us since 2010 about an upcoming pandemic and urging the government to be prepared, hardly anybody listened. But as soon as the virus emerged, and the billionaire tried to help humanity by spending a hundred million dollars through his foundation and funding so many studies for potential vaccines, his old interviews emerged once again, and people claimed that if he knew the virus was coming, it could only be that he was the one creating it, all for economic reasons. Adepts of this theory are convinced that Bill Gates already had the cure to the virus even before we knew about it and that he’s about to earn millions through the shares he has in all those companies potentially involved in selling the cure.
If there’s something important we should learn from this catastrophe, it’s that as much as it looks real and appealing to the brain, we must stop the spread of those defamations from those who think they know better because they’re no other than an obstacle in the way of actual science, and a sometimes a huge delay in its agenda.
The situation we live in is as simple as it looks like, a sad but unavoidable global disaster that science has been apprehending for a long time.