The Truth of Coronavirus Might Be Worse Than the Conspiracy Theories

The Empire State Building will rise above empty piers on the East River on March 25, 2020 in New York.

The Empire State Building will rise above empty piers on the East River on March 25, 2020 in New York.
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The Covid-19 pandemic is a disorienting, fast-moving, dangerous crisis that in fact is gripping everyone in the world. As is so often the case in times of disaster, people, including political leaders, promote conspiracy theories about the origin, distribution and severity of the new coronavirus.

Is it a bioweapon?

This is arguably the most prominent conspiracy theory to date, and the reasoning is simple enough. According to this theory, the coronavirus – officially called SARS-CoV-2 – is not just an unfortunate product of nature, but a viral weapon made in the lab to terrorize unspecified targets.

Politicians and idiots around the world have embraced some version of this theory, although they don’t always blame the same culprit. US senator Tom Cotton blames the Chinese government. Leaders inside I ran and China has argued that the origin of the virus is actually the United States military. This conspiracy theory was also supported by the usual suspects living on the Internet, with Supporters of QAnon who claim that the virus is a so-called false flag invented by the “deep state” (among other bizarre ideas).

An argument indicates that Johns Hopkins University organized a public exercise last October on the impact of a pandemic on the world, suspicious with a coronavirus as its fictional germ. That Bill Gates, a common target of the QAnon crowd, helped fund this simulation exercise only fueled those flames.

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You should wonder, of course, why Bill Gates and the Illuminati would give an example of their diabolical plan just a few months in advance. The choice to use a coronavirus in the pandemic simulation was certainly progressive but made perfect sense, since two of the scariest epidemics of the past 20 years have been coronaviruses, SARS and MERS. It is the fact that these viruses spread like a typical cold or flu, making them potentially dangerous.

In reality there is no proof at the genetic level that SARS-CoV-2 is human-made, but there is plenty to suggest that it has recently passed from animal to human, as many infectious diseases have done for thousands of years and will continue to do long after this pandemic is over . It may be comforting to think that someone is in control of this disaster, but unfortunately the world is ruled by chance and chaos.

Celebrities lie about it?

Idris Elba was one of the first celebrities to announce he had contracted the corona virus. He only had a short time to enjoy the wishes of his fans before finding himself openly deny allegations that he and other celebrities were paid to say they have it.

It is certainly true that famous people have undergone tests for covid-19 with far more ease than the rest of us, and it is the poorest who will do worst in this crisis. In this case, however, the real conspiracy is the long-term collaboration between the rich and powerful to preserve their benefits and keep the rest of us under control.

Is it a media conspiracy to hurt President Trump?

Perhaps the most widespread conspiracy among conservatives in the U.S. right now is that the (over) response to covid-19 is a Democrat and / or liberal media conspiracy to overthrow President Donald Trump. How exactly we managed to get so many other countries on board with our plot in the liberal media is unclear.

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If this pandemic really is as serious a threat to the US as it seems, Trump and his administration have generally not protected the country from it. The Trump White House for years hollowed out resources from the federal government that was explicitly intended to predict and prevent pandemics. During the first outbreak in China, Trump, GOP lawmakers and conservative media publicly downplayed the risk to the United States, despite warnings from their own intelligence experts tell otherwise. And even when it became clear that Covid-19 was spreading within the US, the country in principle, test capacity had not existed for weeksthereby nullifying any possibility that it could be suppressed. Many journalists were called hysterical for accurately reporting that the US was in direct danger from this virus and that we were hopefully unprepared.

But if you think the coronavirus is nothing more than a false flag operation meant to make Trump look bad, then all of the above doesn’t matter. You could say this is no worse than the flu, as prominent conservative figures still do it despite early predictions that the virus could kill more than a million Americans without soothing efforts.

Conspiracy theories are at its core ways of explaining an unpleasant reality, and as a result, they often have some truth (the U.S. government had not planned 9/11, but it may be could have prevented it, and it certainly lies about many things). In this case, it is the bleak reality that, despite all our technological advancements, the Western world has been completely outwitted by a virus that we should have been well prepared for. And now many people are dying, the economy is bad and it never ends.


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