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No, The Coronavirus Isn't Genetically Engineered

Well, bring out the box labeled “conspiracy theories” out from under the bed for a moment because we have a new addition to the fray: that the coronavirus is supposedly bioengineered in a laboratory as some kind of biological warfare weapon. Yeah… no, we’ll have to pass.

Even with the countless scientists trying to better understand the coronavirus and possibly develop a vaccine against it, the reality is that even after months of the coronavirus pandemic, there is still a lot that we don’t know about the deadly virus itself, including where it exactly came from and why it’s so dangerous.

What we do know, however, is that it wasn’t bioengineered in some secret, underground laboratory as a new type of biological warfare weapon. That’s almost as bad as claims that the virus was carried to the Earth by an asteroid from outer space, if not worse.

In fact, a new research proves that this is false. Conducted by the Scripps Research Institute, the new work reveals that the virus causing this global pandemic is of natural origin. This means that there is no evidence pointing to SARS-CoV-2 as the result of a bioengineered experiment made to create a biological weapon.

Conspiracy Theories

Unfortunately, some people are posting about in both the U.S. and China, where the virus came from. For example, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian has repeatedly claimed that the virus was brought over to China by the U.S. military, despite providing no evidence to back up this claim. Then there's also the far-right political movements in the U.S., who are using the virus as a means to propagate the biblical rapture, societal collapse or even the start of a supposedly brewing race war. President Trump is also not helping since he has been exaggerating news about vaccines and antiviral cures, even going as far as to use the term “Chinese virus” in one incident.

The evidence, however, is here: The virus is of natural origin, which means that any other claims are false, unless proven scientific evidence is given. Now go and wash your hands thoroughly, now is not the time for this.

Coronavirus The 2019-nCoV, a new type of coronavirus, was first discovered at a small animal and seafood market in the city of Wuhan in China. Pixabay

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