The Wuhan Coronavirus: Conspiracy Theories & Claims

Cochise

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Yes indeed my friends this is a conspiracy. Either

a) it is a deliberate attack by China on the rest of the world

or

b) it is an American created virus to destabilise China and also to profit from the vaccine that Bill Gates has patented.

I can't be arsed to post links because you can all Google. But I'm guessing we will need a topic for the purpose. So pile on :)
 

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Apparently he predicted it (or a similar flu outbreak) . I'm sorry, my internet connection is so slow - slower in fact than it was 20 years ago, thank you BT - that the primary page dealing with the theory is a wall of text that times out before I can load it.

This link (I can't open it) is debunking it, apparently. But of course to debunk something the theory already has to exist.

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&r...eory-942416/&usg=AOvVaw0iGZRC-ivQJY0fxHPeV4H4
 

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Okay, I'll play. :) I have had a look through my go-to conspiracy forum, and unearthed this:

What will happen when an unexpectedly virulent flu, or SARS, or Disease X—any other rapidly spreading viral infections—spreads globally causing a pandemic? How prepared are we? What do we need to do to be ready?

These are some of the questions faced by global leaders in public health, industry, and government in a pandemic preparedness exercise called Event 201. The program was a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the World Economic Forum, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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The experts ran through a carefully designed, detailed simulation of a new (fictional) viral illness called CAPS or coronavirus acute pulmonary syndrome. This was modeled after previous epidemics like SARS and MERS.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/judyst...-the-next-pandemic-not-very-experts-show/amp/
 

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Well no:

The experts ran through a carefully designed, detailed simulation of a new (fictional) viral illness called CAPS or coronavirus acute pulmonary syndrome. This was modeled after previous epidemics like SARS and MERS.
Zeb's emphasis. I am sure you already know but in case others don't know MERS and SARS are also coronaviruses. The reason the above mentioned scenario used a fictional coronavirus as its hypothetical epidemic is because SARS and MERS were previous serious outbreaks that threatened to become epidemics. It isn't evidence of a conspiracy, it's just a realistic scenario is unsurprisingly similar to reality.
 

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Apparently he predicted it (or a similar flu outbreak) . I'm sorry, my internet connection is so slow - slower in fact than it was 20 years ago, thank you BT - that the primary page dealing with the theory is a wall of text that times out before I can load it.
This link (I can't open it) is debunking it, apparently. But of course to debunk something the theory already has to exist. ...
Here's the relevant excerpt from the Rolling Stone article you cited (indirectly linked through Google) ...

... Here are the most common rumors and hoaxes that have spread as a result of reports of novel coronavirus, and why such misinformation tends to spread in the midst of a public health crisis.

1) The government introduced the coronavirus in 2018, and Bill Gates was also somehow responsible.

On January 21st, QAnon YouTuber and professional shit-strirrer Jordan Sather tweeted a link to a patent for coronavirus filed by the U.K.-based Pirbright Institute in 2015. “Was the release of this disease planned?” Sather tweeted. “Is the media being used to incite fear around it? Is the Cabal desperate for money, so they’re tapping their Big Pharma reserves?” This theory quickly gained traction in many conspiracy theorist circles, with QAnon and anti-vaccine Facebook groups posting links to the patent suggesting that the government had introduced coronavirus, presumably to make money off a potential vaccine.

Adding fuel to the fire, Sather followed up by linking the Pirbright Foundation to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, based on a 2019 press release announcing that the foundation would be helping to fund an unrelated project to study livestock disease and immunology. (Along with other so-called “elites,” Bill Gates is a frequent target of QAnon conspiracy theories.) His inclusion was not particularly surprising, says Renee DiResta, research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory. “Any time there is an outbreak story with a vaccine conspiracy angle, Gates is worked into it. This type of content was very similar to Zika conspiracies,” she tells Rolling Stone.

According to a Pirbright spokesperson who spoke with BuzzFeed News, the 2015 coronavirus patent was intended to facilitate the development of a vaccine for a specific type of avian coronavirus found in chickens, which have not been implicated as a potential cause of 2019-nCoV. Further, the spokesperson said that the Gates foundation did not fund the 2015 patent, thus ostensibly negating any potential connection between the billionaire and coronavirus. But that hasn’t stopped conspiracy theorists from continuing to widely speculate about his involvement, especially following the wide circulation of a 2018 Business Insider article about a presentation Gates gave at a 2018 Massachusetts Medical Society and New England Journal of Medicine event. During the discussion, Gates presented a simulation suggesting that a flu similar to the 1918 flu pandemic could kill 50 million people within six months, adding that the global public health community was unequipped to deal with the fallout of such an event.

Gates’s presentation was in the context of a wider argument that governments need to work better with the private sector to develop the technology to fight a potential pandemic. “The world needs to prepare for pandemics in the same serious way it prepares for war,” Gates said. To a rational person, this would clearly indicate that he was arguing for better preparedness in fighting pandemics, not gleefully anticipating a potential future one — yet on social media, the article was widely cited by conspiracy theorists as a globalist billionaire ominously predicting the engineering of a global catastrophe, for no reason other than personal profit.
SOURCE: https://www.rollingstone.com/cultur...us-china-bat-patent-conspiracy-theory-942416/

Here are the two related articles hot-linked within the excerpt:

QAnon Supporters And Anti-Vaxxers Are Spreading A Hoax That Bill Gates Created The Coronavirus
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/articl...rs-and-anti-vaxxers-are-spreading-a-hoax-that

Business Insider article from 2018 about Bill Gates and a presentation on possible future panedemic:
https://www.businessinsider.com/bill-gates-warns-the-next-pandemic-disease-is-coming-2018-4
 

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I'm wondering how the Corona brand beer is going to fare.
It is odd that the similation experiment named the simulated flu Corona. The article is only dated December 2019
Just for the record ...

The name "coronavirus" is derived from the Latin corona and the Greek κορώνη (korṓnē, "garland, wreath"), meaning crown or halo. This refers to the characteristic appearance of virions (the infective form of the virus) by electron microscopy, which have a fringe of large, bulbous surface projections creating an image reminiscent of a royal crown or of the solar corona. This morphology is created by the viral spike (S) peplomers, which are proteins that populate the surface of the virus and determine host tropism.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronavirus
 

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I'm wondering how the Corona brand beer is going to fare.

It is odd that the similation experiment named the simulated flu Corona. The article is only dated December 2019
Because 'coronavirus' is a group of viruses that might be problematic. They just used 'Corona' as a working title.
 

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Because 'coronavirus' is a group of viruses that might be problematic. They just used 'Corona' as a working title.
Thanks. My comment was partly tongue in cheek, but I didn't know that corona is a family of virises. I worked in a hospital accounts office when SARS occurred, but had never heard of MERS. I just thought they gave that virus a specific name like they do flues, though flues usually are called by the area in which they first started .

Agh! My stupid tablet randomly inserts words and joins words I'm typing to come up with new words. I have got to figure out how to turn off"prediction".
 

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You'd think, if it was a biowarfare lab creation, it would be a lot more potent.
(By coincidence, just last month I was reading the Judge Dredd "chaos virus" storyline, in which a bio-engineered plague is unleashed on the city and wipes out most of the population)
 

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Designed to cull, not kill the entire population.
Yeah, about that. Nobody in biological warfare is really of the opinion that you can properly judge how much damage a bioweapon is going to do. "Bugs" mutate. They are a two edged weapon. While they are largely untraceable, they are also far too dangerous to use.
 

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Coronavirus due to rhino horn: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1233666/coronavirus-outbreak-latest-news-coronavirus-conspiracy-kevin-pietersen-twitter If the theory causes people to utterly condemn - no, better, painfully execute - those who hunt rhino for their horns or consume the resulting product it could be a good thing. Unintended consequences and all that.
Even if it isn't true, this is one conspiracy theory I fully support as it might end up saving a species.
 

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Here's a compilation of debunked rumors and claims about the Wuhan virus outbreak, including a number of conspiracy angles ...
These Lies And Conspiracies About The Wuhan Coronavirus Are Totally False

A deadly novel coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 4,500 people and spread to 15 countries since emerging in China, has also spawned many false claims on social media.

Here's a selection of misinformation debunked by AFP's Fact Check service. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.sciencealert.com/here-s...ple-are-spreading-about-the-wuhan-coronavirus
 

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Israeli Analyst Says One Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory Is Less Crazy Than You Think

Unconfirmed reports suggest the Wuhan Coronavirus may be a bioweapon developed at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Source: CNN
Date: 27 January, 2020

Is Coronavirus A Biological Weapon?

The Wuhan Coronavirus is believed to have originated in a wet market located in Wuhan, Hubei province. Scientists are confident that the virus originated in Wuhan because the city is the epicenter of the outbreak and has the largest number of cases. There is some controversy about how, exactly, the outbreak started.

This is were things get weird.

Wuhan is home to several major Chinese biological research labs. In particular, the city is known for the Wuhan Institute of Virology, China’s most advanced biological research lab. The Washington Times suggests that this site may be linked to a covert Chinese biological warfare program. The outlet features Danny Shoham, who claims to be a former Israeli military intelligence officer.

Shoham believes the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be helping the Chinese military with its biological warfare program. He states the following:

"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 biowarfare alignment".

Shoham stops short of claiming the coronavirus leaked from the institute. Although he admits it’s possible:

"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 an incident".

https://www-ccn-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.ccn.com/israeli-analyst-one-coronavirus-conspiracy-theory-less-crazy-than-you-think/?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQCKAE=#aoh=15801942044249&referrer=https://www.google.com&amp_tf=From %1$s&ampshare=https://www.ccn.com/israeli-analyst-one-coronavirus-conspiracy-theory-less-crazy-than-you-think/
 
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An old quack medicine "conspiracy" (to make money) has re-surfaced in relation to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

Don't fall for it, kids!
Conspiracy Theorists Say a Dangerous Bleach Solution Can 'Cure' The Wuhan Coronavirus

As new cases of the Wuhan coronavirus are reported across the globe, online bootleggers are cashing in on another opportunity to sell a dangerous bleach cocktail that they claim can cure malaria, cancer, the flu, and even autism.

Now proponents are claiming the chlorine dioxide treatment can also cure or protect against the coronavirus.

But the FDA has warned that, not only is there no known cure for the virus, but the industrial bleach solution could have grave consequences, such as liver failure and extremely low blood pressure.

The "miracle mineral solution," as it's known online (MMS for short), is a solution of 28 percent sodium chlorite in distilled water. It's sold online for around US$28 for a 4-ounce (118-ml) bottle.

Consumers are instructed to "activate" the product by adding citric acid like lemon or lime juice (which are sometimes sold separately for an additional fee).

Proponents, including QAnon supporters, falsely claim it works because it contains compounds that are supposedly deadly to pathogens, but harmless to healthy tissue.

Health officials have been playing whack-a-mole with MMS since 2010

Public health officials started taking action to debunk health claims about MMS in 2010, with warnings issued in the US, the UK, and Canada.

But the internet fad has persisted.

Last year, the FDA urged Americans not to drink the dangerous chemical cocktail after receiving reports of people experiencing severe vomiting, diarrhea, life-threateningly low blood pressure, and acute liver failure after drinking the concoction.

On January 22, however, MMS proponents emerged again, piggybacking on growing fears surrounding the coronavirus.
FULL STORY: https://www.sciencealert.com/a-dang...as-a-coronavirus-cure-by-conspiracy-theorists
 

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(from Bats, Gene Editing and Bioweapons: Recent DARPA Experiments Raise Concerns Amid Coronavirus Outbreak)

The Pentagon in Wuhan?
Beyond the U.S. military’s recent expenditures on and interest in the use of bats of bioweapons, it is also worth examining the recent studies the military has funded regarding bats and “novel coronaviruses,” such as that behind the recent outbreak, that have taken place within or in close proximity to China.

For instance, one study conducted in Southern China in 2018 resulted in the discovery of 89 new “novel bat coronavirus” strains that use the same receptor as the coronavirus known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). That study was jointly funded by the Chinese government’s Ministry of Science and Technology, USAID — an organization long alleged to be a front for U.S. intelligence, and the U.S. National Institute of Health — which has collaborated with both the CIA and the Pentagon on infectious disease and bioweapons research.

The authors of the study also sequenced the complete genomes for two of those strains and also noted that existing MERS vaccines would be ineffective in targeting these viruses, leading them to suggest that one should be developed in advance. This did not occur.

Another U.S. government-funded study that discovered still more new strains of “novel bat coronavirus” was published just last year. Titled “Discovery and Characterization of Novel Bat Coronavirus Lineages from Kazakhstan,” focused on “the bat fauna of central Asia, which link China to eastern Europe” and the novel bat coronavirus lineages discovered during the study were found to be “closely related to bat coronaviruses from China, France, Spain, and South Africa, suggesting that co-circulation of coronaviruses is common in multiple bat species with overlapping geographical distributions.” In other words, the coronaviruses discovered in this study were identified in bat populations that migrate between China and Kazakhstan, among other countries, and is closely related to bat coronaviruses in several countries, including China.

The study was entirely funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, specifically the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) as part of a project investigating coronaviruses similar to MERS, such as the aforementioned 2018 study. Yet, beyond the funding of this 2019 study, the institutions involved in conducting this study are also worth noting given their own close ties to the U.S. military and government.

The study’s authors are affiliated with either the Kazakhstan-based Research Institute for Biological Safety Problems and/or Duke University. The Research Institute for Biological Safety Problems, though officially a part of Kazakhstan’s National Center for Biotechnology, has received millions from the U.S. government, most of it coming from the Pentagon’s Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. It is the Kazakhstan government’s official depository of “highly dangerous animal and bird infections, with a collection of 278 pathogenic strains of 46 infectious diseases.” It is part of a network of Pentagon-funded “bioweapons labs” throughout the Central Asian country, which borders both of the U.S.’ top rival states — China and Russia.

Duke University’s involvement with this study is also interesting given that Duke is a key partner of DARPA’s Pandemic Prevention Platform (P3) program, which officially aims “to dramatically accelerate discovery, integration, pre-clinical testing, and manufacturing of medical countermeasures against infectious diseases.” The first step of the Duke/DARPA program involves the discovery of potentially threatening viruses and “develop[ing] methods to support viral propagation, so that virus can be used for downstream studies.”

Duke University is also jointly partnered with China’s Wuhan University, which is based in the city where the current coronavirus outbreak began, which resulted in the opening of the China-based Duke Kunshan University (DKU) in 2018. Notably, China’s Wuhan University — in addition to its partnership with Duke — also includes a multi-lab Institute of Medical Virology that has worked closely with the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases since the 1980s, according to its website. As previously noted, the USAMRIID facility in the U.S. was shut down last July for failures to abide by biosafety and proper waste disposal procedures, but was allowed to partially resume some experiments late last November.


Full article here
 

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There's allegations that the Chinese government are doing a Mary King's Close on virus sufferers.

Chinese authorities have been accused of leaving people to ‘starve and die’ after shocking videos emerged of police barricading families into their homes to stop the spread of coronavirus. Footage sent to Metro.co.uk shows masked men nailing huge metal bars over the doors and windows of people feared to be infected with the deadly disease. In one, a woman can be heard screaming and pleading as uniformed officers lock her inside. A sign outside her sealed off door reads: ‘This family came back from Wuhan. Stay away, no contact’.

https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/02/wuha...e-authorities-barricade-inside-home-12162599/
 

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There's allegations that the Chinese government are doing a Mary King's Close on virus sufferers.

Chinese authorities have been accused of leaving people to ‘starve and die’ after shocking videos emerged of police barricading families into their homes to stop the spread of coronavirus. Footage sent to Metro.co.uk shows masked men nailing huge metal bars over the doors and windows of people feared to be infected with the deadly disease. In one, a woman can be heard screaming and pleading as uniformed officers lock her inside. A sign outside her sealed off door reads: ‘This family came back from Wuhan. Stay away, no contact’.

https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/02/wuha...e-authorities-barricade-inside-home-12162599/
And China has the nerve to accuse the USA of overreacting.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-51353279
 
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