Disinfo: Coronavirus might have originated from space

Summary

It’s not unlikely that the Coronavirus might have fallen from a meteorite, that exploded over China in October 2019.

Disproof

Conspiracy theories about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, there is no evidence that suggests that the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) came from space.

The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold and viruses such as SARS and MERS.

The theory of the Coronavirus having extraterrestrial origins arises from a researcher called Chandra Wickramasinghe, who is known for his work in astronomy and astrobiology and his claims that several epidemics, including the 1918 flu, polio, mad cow disease and even SARS, all came from space.

He co-wrote a book with Fred Hoyle in the 1970s called "Diseases from Space" and, for decades, has tried to prove that diseases like SARS or influenza have come from space, but many scientists rebuked Wickramasinghe’s suggestions and even called them “ridiculous”.

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  • Reported in: Issue190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: China
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, Conspiracy

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Disproof

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