People believe Covid-19 to be man made

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Samantha Estrada, Staff Writer

Many conspiracy theories about the coronavirus have been made. One of the main theories about the coronavirus is that the virus is man made.The rumor has been spread all over social media and many people have come to believe it.

The rumor is that the coronavirus originated in a level 4 research laboratory in Wuhan. They believe the virus was engineered in the lab by humans as a bioweapon.

It is no help that several prominent US conservative pundits and politicians have been politicizing the bioweapon rumor for weeks.

According to Rush Limbaugh, right-wing radio host and President Medal of Freedom recipient, “It probably is a Chicom laboratory experiment that is in the process of being weaponized. All superpower nations weaponize bioweapons.”

These rumors are dangerous because they can undermine trust in public health authorities at this critical moment.

This is the case in an Alabama county whose residents are currently unnerved and distrustful  of the response to Covid-19 in their state.

This conspiracy theory has been deemed false by a paper that was written by several leading microbiologists who closely examined the SARS-COV-2 genome.

 They found the unusual biochemical features of the virus could only have come about two ways after the virus jumped from animal to humans, or what’s called zoonotic transfer. The ways, they write, are: “1) natural selection in a non-human animal host prior to zoonotic transfer, and 2) natural selection in humans following zoonotic transfer.”