Disinfo: American biolaboratory in Armenia is the epicentre of the spread of new coronavirus in the region

Summary

COVID-19 distribution source found in Armenia. American biological laboratory in Armenia is the epicentre of the spread of new coronavirus infection in the region.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the coronavirus, based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about biological weapons, consistent with the Pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign against biological laboratories in Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine and other countries. The story fits the broader set of conspiracy theories on the supposed man-made origins of various infectious diseases. There is no evidence to suggest that the virus was fabricated inside laboratories. The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. The medical Journal “Emerging Microbes & Infections” specifically said there is “No credible evidence supporting claims of the laboratory engineering.”

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  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/04/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Armenia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Lugar Laboratory, laboratory, Conspiracy theory
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the coronavirus, alleging that Ukraine is a degrading state. It is an unfounded claim on Ukraine's readiness for handling cases of the coronavirus. The use of so-called Bubble-CPAP technology is not a Ukrainian invention, nor is it exclusively found in Ukraine. This technology does involve a simple plastic bag, and is crucial in areas with a shortage of ventilators. "We have one hose to breathe, which we connect to oxygen. We have an adapter. And one that goes to the jar," explains Ukrainian doctor Volodymyr Korsunov. "It is possible to apply this method when there are no devices for ventilation. In order for the patient to wait until the ventilator is available. If you need mechanical ventilation, it will not save the person. On the other hand, there are a certain number of patients who can recover from this method without requiring artificial ventilation in the future" says Korsunov. In different hospitals around the world due to the shortage of ventilators for Covid-19 patients, alternative modifying oxygen devices are being used. For example, Italian doctors have been trying to fight the Coronavirus or the COVID-19 by using a new type of equipment called 'bubble helmets' to treat critically unstable patients that need breathing assistance. It can also be noted that the outlet sinks to the use of derogatory stereotypes, refering to "savages" with drums.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the lack of inter-EU solidarity.

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Western-backed anti-government forces use the COVID-19 crisis to destabilise Russia

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Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory. One of many recurring Kremlin disinformation narratives claiming that the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus is man-made. Consistent with a narrative suggesting that the West is using biological weapons to stage "colour revolutions" in other countries.