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COVID-19 - Coronavirus Fake News

US President Donald Trump said the coronavirus may have originated in a lab in Wuhan, China. Speaking at a news conference on 30 April 2020, Trump said he had seen evidence that gave him a high degree of confidence the virus came from a laboratory in Wuhan. But he did not disclose any details, saying, "I'm not allowed to tell you that." The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a statement earlier in the day. It said the intelligence community will continue to examine information to determine "whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan."

SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted a tweet on 06 March 2000 saying "coronavirus panic is dumb". He then argued on 08 March 2020 that the "Virality of C19 is overstated due to conflating diagnosis date with contraction date & over-extrapolating exponential growth, which is never what happens in reality. Keep extrapolating & virus will exceed mass of known universe!... Fatality rate also greatly overstated. Because there are so few test kits, those who die with respiratory symptoms are tested for C19, but those with minor symptoms are usually not. Prevalence of coronaviruses & other colds in general population is very high!". But The Spanish Flu (1918) is thought to have infected 500 million people out of a world population of 1.8 billion, leaving 40 million dead.

Rush Limbaugh said in February 2020 “The coronavirus is the common cold, folks.”

Hamad Jalali Kashani, an Iranian activist on social media and a documentary filmmaker, claimed before Iran's Parliamentary elections that the virus outbreak was a made-up plot to scare people away from voting. Kashani ended up contracting COVID-19 and dying of the infection. Hossein Salami, the current chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, has blamed the United States for the COVID-19 epidemic in Iran. "We will win in the fight against the virus, which may be the product of the American biological invasion, which it first spread to China and then to Iran and the rest of the world,'' Salami said 05 March 2020, without providing any evidence for his claims.

Twenty-seven people died from methanol poisoning in Iran after rumors that drinking alcohol can help cure the novel coronavirus infection, state news agency IRNA reported. A spokesman for Jundishapur medical university in Ahvaz, the capital of Khuzestan, said 218 people had been hospitalised there after being poisoned. The poisonings were caused by "rumours that drinking alcohol can be effective in treating coronavirus".

In India, Elected representatives from Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) offered bizarre cures - one said cow urine and cow dung could be cures, while yet another distributed cloves "energised by mantras," according to reports. The government's advisory, recommending herbs and homeopathy medicines as cures, has been criticised by fact checkers. This, coupled with the dangerous levels of misinformation, has meant that people are believing many of these falsities.

Kristian G. Andersen et al reported 17 March 2020 "Our analyses clearly show that SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus... While the analyses ... suggest that SARS-CoV-2 may bind human ACE2 with high affinity, computational analyses predict that the interaction is not ideal and that the RBD sequence is different from those shown in SARS-CoV to be optimal for receptor binding... This is strong evidence that SARS-CoV-2 is not the product of purposeful manipulation.... It is improbable that SARS-CoV-2 emerged through laboratory manipulation of a related SARS-CoV-like coronavirus.... if genetic manipulation had been performed, one of the several reverse-genetic systems available for betacoronaviruses would probably have been used... "

President of the French right-wing party National Rally Marine Le Pen considers it fair to wonder whether the currently raging coronavirus has artificial origins and was intentionally designed in a lab. “People’s question about if its origins are natural or whether it is lab-produced is a reasonable one”, Le Pen told the radio station France Info 30 May 2020. According to a recent poll, about 40 percent of National Rally voters believe that the virus was really developed “on purpose”, while only 15 percent consider its emergence to be “accidental”.

Xia Ming, a professor of political science at the Research Center of the City University of New York, said 02 February 2020, "Recently, scientists have been discussing and researching this virus. There are reports that scientists in India have conducted some analysis on the structure of the virus and found that the virus was originally caused by the original SARS virus structure was artificially inserted into the AIDS virus to synthesize a super, nuclear-explosive virus. This has also received a response on the anti-epidemic battlefield. Because we also know that some scientists and doctors also became ill on the anti-epidemic front line, he did use anti-AIDS drugs to alleviate his various symptoms. Moreover, the Affiliated Hospital of Shanghai Fudan University also found that some anti-AIDS drugs did have obvious effects on Wuhan New Coronavirus. So we have reasons to doubt or I believe that this time the virus is not just a new type of corona, one that is similar to SARS, but an upgraded version. This upgraded version may be an artificial intervention of this kind."

Dany Shoham, a former Israeli military intelligence officer, charged the lab is also linked to Beijing’s covert biological weapons program. “Certain laboratories in the institute have probably been engaged, in terms of research and development, in Chinese [biological weapons], at least collaterally, yet not as a principal facility of the Chinese BW alignment,” he told Washington Times national security correspondent Bill Gertz. China has denied having any offensive biological weapons; the U.S. State Department said last year it suspects such undercover work, Gertz reported.

"Asked if the new coronavirus may have leaked, Mr. Shoham said: “In principle, outward virus infiltration might take place either as leakage or as an indoor unnoticed infection of a person that normally went out of the concerned facility. This could have been the case with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, but so far there isn’t evidence or indication for such incident.”"

Since the epidemic overwhelmed the US, conspiracy theories against Gates have been exploding online. On Saturday, protesters gathered at the Texas Capitol in Austin calling the pandemic a hoax and shouting "arrest Bill Gates," US media reported. Also, on Twitter, the topic "Bill Gates is evil" trended. The popular conspiracy theories accused Gates of having prior knowledge of the pandemic, engineering the pandemic, and using the pandemic for profit or for population surveillance and control mechanisms. However, the fact is Gates warned the public to prepare for a pandemic five years ago and he invested in developing a COVID-19 vaccine and a critical public health infrastructure in Africa and South Asia for the virus' onslaught, according to Fortune magazine which listed Gates as one of the "World's 25 Greatest Leaders: Heroes of the pandemic."

Wuhan SO2On 08 February 2020 Data from seemed to show a massive release of sulfur dioxide gas from the outskirts of Wuhan, commonly associated with the burning of organic matters. Levels are elevated, even compared with the rest of China. One poster extrapolated from the SO2 release data and estimated 14,000 bodies would have to be burnt to reach this level of emissions. On 12 February 2020 China's environmental monitor said that SO2 levels in Wuhan remained low at 4-8 µg/m3 at one point, refuting data published by over links to the rising number of cremations caused by coronavirus. The truth appears far more prosaic: Wuhan is home to the huge steel mills of the world’s second largest producer, the China Baowu Steel Group, which merged with Wuhan Iron and Steel Corporation in 2016.

United States televangelist Jim Bakker urged his followers 12 February 2020 to buy a solution of colloidal silver to protect and cure themselves of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). The product is sold on Bakker’s website for US$125 but bundle packages sell for up to US$300. The self-declared “pioneer of Christian television” had a guest on his show backing his claim and suggesting the product, which is sold on Bakker’s web store, is an effective cure for the virus. "Well, let's say [Silver Solution] hasn't been tested on this strain of the coronavirus, but it's been tested on other strains of the coronavirus and has been able to eliminate it within 12 hours," naturopathic Dr. Sherrill Sellman said. The guest went on to state that the solution "totally eliminates it. Kills it, deactivates it. And then it boosts your immune system so then you can support the recovery.” Jim Bakker is no stranger to fraud accusations, as in 1989 he was convicted on 24 counts ranging from mail fraud, wire fraud and one count of conspiracy, after his evangelist program The PTL Club's fundraising activities between 1984 and 1987 were reported of accounting fraud, eventually leading to criminal charges against Bakker. The popular televangelist got eight years in federal prison and was paroled in July 1994, after serving almost five years of his sentence.

India’s government suggested a traditional concoction that includes ginger and holy basil as virus protection. While in Myanmar, a Facebook user wrote a widely-read tribute to onions as a way to prevent transmission of the coronavirus, which the chief minister of Tanintharyi Division, U Myint Mg, shared on his Facebook page. “The Chinese government has announced that people should consume and have on hand as many onions as they can,” the post read, with no supporting scientific evidence.

The United States intentionally created COVID-2019 to eliminate geopolitical opponents. This was stated by Senator Franz Klintsevich. Global Research Canada columnist Larry Romanoff said coronavirus infection could have been created in the United States. According to him, coronavirus clearly could not have arisen on the seafood market in the Chinese city of Wuhan. “The only possible source of the origin of coronavirus is the United States, because only in this country there are all branches of the evolutionary tree of coronaviruses. The original source of the COVID-19 virus was the US military lab at Fort Detrick,” he said.

Commenting on a statement by Global Research columnist, member of the Federation Council, Franz Klintsevich, in an interview 16 March 2020with a correspondent for the Federal News Agency , stated that he is always wary of conspiracy theories, but in the context of the global spread of COVID-2019, “there are many points saying that the virus really could have been created in the American biological laboratory. " “The conclusions are self-evident: it has been established that the virus is artificial and with a high degree of probability is related to the US military. The same Chinese Foreign Ministry recently claimed that the virus could have been brought into the country by the Americans. Also, one should not forget that the Americans have been collecting biomaterials of other nationalities for quite a long time, and no one has explained on what basis this was done. We discovered a huge number of different medical and research institutes, which, under grants and at the direction of the United States, collected biomaterials from Russians, Chinese, and possibly some other nationalities. It was established, ”says Klintsevich.

n case COVID-2019 was really created in American biological laboratories, the logic in the appearance of the virus in the territory of the People's Republic of China becomes clear. The PRC has long been a trading opponent of the United States of America and the second economy of the world. “That's just coronavirus infection can be catastrophic, unpredictable. After some time, through the stable tools that America possesses, and their remoteness from the rest of the world, the United States will restore its economy and will simply reign supreme, conquer markets, raise its country and immerse others in economic slavery. So it turns out that the Americans are using COVID-2019 to eliminate competitors, they are again trying to make the world a unipolar, ”the FAN source said.

At least 38 percent of Americans will not buy Corona beer “under any circumstances” due to the spread of the (completely unrelated) new coronavirus, or COVID-19. That’s according to a survey of beer drinkers. 14 percent more of those polled have said that they would not order a Corona in public, and 16 percent more said they were still “confused” about whether the beer was in any way associated with the virus. A second poll conducted by YouGov in late February found Corona’s ‘Buzz score’ – a measure of whether consumers found the brand positive or negative, plummeted from over 75 percent to just 51 percent. That poll’s sample size was 357 American adults with an opinion on the Corona beer brand over a four week rolling average.

Respiratory masks are not too much help. Viruses are not airborne, and the current coronavirus is transmitted as a droplet or smear infection. Therefore, it is better to keep a safe distance from those who are or may be infected. A key preventative measure is to thoroughly and regularly wash one's hands with soap and hot water. It is also best to use disposable towels when drying one's hands afterward.

The Chinese authorities recommended people wear masks since it has the highest level of concentration when it comes to infection cases. However, in other countries where the number of cases is limited to a handful, there is no such advice. Masks are useful if you are already infected with a respiratory disease and want to reduce the risk of spread to others, or if you’re working in a hospital and are in contact with people who have respiratory problems.

The WHO and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) do not include wearing masks as preventative measures. Health experts pointed out that surgical masks usually found at pharmacies protect the wearer against large droplets or splashes of bodily and infected fluids from others, according to the CDC. However, wearing surgical masks does not prevent a person from inhaling smaller airborne particles; they are not considered respiratory protection by the CDC. Surgical masks are also loose fitting, and when the wearer inhales, there is potential for particles to leak in or out of the sides.

Wearing medical masks when not indicated may cause unnecessary cost, procurement burden and create a false sense of security that can lead to neglecting other essential measures such as hand hygiene practices. Furthermore, using a mask incorrectly may hamper its effectiveness to reduce the risk of transmission. A medical mask is not required, as no evidence is available on its usefulness to protect non-sick persons.

Of the two main types of face masks on the market -- N95 respirators that fit tight to the face and include a filtration system, and the surgical face masks typically worn by hospital workers -- it is the latter that offers the best defence against the virus, says Joseph Kwan, professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The World Health Organization has warned that the huge surge in demand for face masks and other protective clothing could lead to a shortage for those who need them most: doctors and nurses treating coronavirus patients.

"Respirators are designed to protect the user, because they want to keep the contaminants out,” he told AFP. “[Surgical masks], actually in the healthcare environment are meant to protect the patients." Kwan argues they are essential in a crowded city such as Hong Kong. "It will just spread like wildfire if nobody wears a mask, because you are not able to always identify infectious sources,” he said. “And then with the crowded conditions Hong Kong faces, then there will be many community cases. It will be a public health disaster."

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