Disinfo: The coronavirus is man-made and tailored to Chinese DNA

Summary

It is entirely possible that the coronavirus is man-made and tailored to the DNA of the Chinese nation.

 

 

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. See related disinformation cases about the coronavirus. 

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found in  both animals and humans. Some infect people and are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans, before the outbreak was reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

The virus migrated from animals to humans, and while the scientists continue to track its origins there is no evidence to suggest it has been made artificially.

See previous pro-Kremlin disinformation cases, alleging that cancer, syphilis and Spanish flu are US biological weapons; and that the Rockefeller foundation owns the patent for Zika virus.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: China
  • Keywords: coronavirus

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory; no evidence given. This claim involves the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that the West threatens and undermines traditional Christian values. Related cases where the US is accused of attacking traditional values in Europe via "sects" can be found herehere, and here.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives painting the 2013-14 Ukrainian revolution as a coup d'etat, and Ukrainian politics as dominated by fascist/Nazi groups and ideology.

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US is behind the spread of coronavirus

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory and a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the China coronavirus. The statement has no evidence.

According to various sources, several dozen strains of the coronavirus have been recorded in the world, seven of which present varying degrees of danger to humans. First and foremost, these types of viruses bring on respiratory disease. Viruses are dangerous because they can be transmitted by humans and animals and because they mutate so quickly.