Disinfo: Movie “Contagion” is a perfect clue that coronavirus is American

Summary

Conspiracy theory (related to the Coronavirus and the American invisible hand) cannot be absent for several reasons. One of them is that Hollywood made a movie [Contagion] about this virus, and before the virus began to spread to China, there were 250 American soldiers who visited Wuhan and conducted biological warfare exercises, and they may have spread the virus there.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus.

As for the Hollywood movie, given surface-level similarities, it does not come as a surprise that a 2011 film, "Contagion", might be of particular interest to those rattled by COVID-19’s spread. Even upon its release, "Contagion" was mostly lauded by the scientific community (though not uniformly) for its unusually accurate depiction of how a deadly, highly transmissible virus could spread around the globe, affecting everyone from scientists and government leaders to ordinary people.

As a matter of fact, while writing the script for Contagion, screenwriter Scott Z. Burns went out to make the most scientifically accurate version of a pandemic thriller he could, enlisting doctors W. Ian Lipkin and Larry Brilliant to help create an imaginary virus based on both science and their firsthand experiences within the field of epidemiology. It was through speaking with the scientists that Burns also hatched ideas about how society might react to such a virus, from the looting of storefronts to a messianic “fake news” vlogger played by Jude Law.

In October 18-27, 2019 Military World Games were held in the capital of Hubei Province in Wuhan. Apart from the American soldiers, there were, in fact, 17 teams with over 280 athletes and staff in the  The coronavirus started to spread 65 days after the closing ceremony of the Military World Games, and so far there is no evidence to prove any connection between the two events. A group of 27 prominent public health scientists, from nine countries, wrote a statement published online by The Lancet, that "strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin", and they “overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife,” just like many other viruses that have recently emerged in humans.

See related disinformation cases alleging that the US is behind the spread of coronavirus; that Bill Gates is sponsoring the spread of coronavirus; and that coronavirus is a US provocation against China.

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  • Reported in: Issue186
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: China, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus

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