Conspiracy theory about the emergence of coronavirus in the world that echoes pro-Kremlin disinformation about the artificial creation of COVID-19.
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which is a respiratory pathogen. WHO first learned of this new virus from cases in Wuhan, the People’s Republic of China on 31 December 2019.
According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, the COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly. Since this disease is caused by a new virus, the vast majority of people do not yet have immunity to it, and a vaccine may be many months away. Doctors and scientists are working to estimate the mortality rate of COVID-19, but at present, it is thought to be substantially higher (possibly 10 times or more) than that of most strains of the flu.
There have been over 1,125,000 deaths reported worldwide. In the U.S, 221,083 people have died of COVID-19 between January 2020 and 21 October 2020. Meanwhile, The World Health Organisation estimates that 290,000 to 650,000 people die of flu-related causes every year worldwide.
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