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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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The US and Israel created coronavirus to attack foreign nations

These governments developed the virus together to leverage their positions against both China and the Middle East.
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(ALERT: Visit the WHO for accurate information about the coronavirus pandemic)[1] The Chinese government is pushing this conspiracy theory.[2]

The Argument

Official representatives of the Chinese government have accused coronavirus of coming from the US government, being used as a bioweapon.[3] A spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry tweeted saying that coronavirus might be in China because of the US military.[4] One step further, Iran have accused the US and Israel of jointly creating the disease, in order to target Iranians.[5]

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"Scientists from multiple countries have published and analysed genomes of the causative agent, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), and they overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife, as have so many other emerging pathogens."[6]



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