Implausible explanations reveal creativity, ignorance and an obsession with Bill Gates among conspiracy theorists.
Bats, snakes, pangolins. Several animals are considered to be the possible source of the Sars-CoV-2 virus, which is causing the Covid-19 pandemic. The Wuhan Market was also the target of investigations, although it was later discovered that it was not the epicenter of this public health crisis.
While scientists struggle to find the source of the virus, conspiracy theorists on duty do not think twice before publishing their wildest theories. Check out some of them:
Created in a lab
In early March, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the former president of Iran, tweeted that Covid-19 was a biological weapon developed in a laboratory. The politician even wrote a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Portuguese António Guterres, telling his suspicions.
According to him, Bill Gates was involved in the creation of the virus, to benefit the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. What actually happened was that the couple promised to allocate millions of dollars to fight the disease.
On March 17, a study published in Nature Medicine concluded that the SARS-CoV-2 virus could only have evolved naturally.
SARS-CoV-2 came from space
A member of the Buckingham Astrobiology Center, Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe said the most likely source of the Sars-CoV-19 virus was a meteorite that would have hit northern China in October 2019.
However, no trace of the object was found at the suggested location and, as epidemiologists have shown, the new coronavirus shares many similarities with the SARS and MERS viruses. How could an extraterrestrial microorganism evolve in the same way as the pathogens found on Earth?
Not a virus, but 5G
Okay, so maybe this is the most absurd conspiracy theory on this list. For many Internet users, Covid-19 is not a viral disease, but the effect of the implantation of 5G, the newest generation of mobile telecommunications.
Among conspiracy theorists who believe in this theory is singer Keri Hilson, who posted tweets and videos on her social networks explaining why the hypothesis would be plausible. It didn’t take long for her advisors to erase the content.
Speaking of technology, the creators of the theory could not fail to mention Bill Gates. According to this theory, the businessman would be behind a vaccine against Covid-19 that, in fact, would be a chip capable of monitoring the “immunized”.
Coconut oil is one of the most used cooking ingredients in popular hydration recipes and other aesthetic tricks. Because it is a multipurpose substance, people came to believe the extract would be the cure for Covid-19.
Despite being rich in lauric acid, a fat that can act positively on HDL (the good cholesterol) and the defense mechanisms of our body, there are no studies that relate coconut oil with improvements in the condition of people infected with the coronavirus.
Cocaine, alcohol and cow urine
The cocaine conspiracy theory started to spread in Europe after a tweet went viral. The story even reached the French government, which took the trouble to clarify on social networks: “No, cocaine does not protect against Covid-19”. Likewise, other theories have indicated the consumption of alcoholic beverages as a preventive (and ineffective) measure against the virus.
But one of the most bizarre drinks came from India. In the country, a group of 200 people drank cow urine while attending a party, posing for photos alongside a caricature of the new coronavirus. Cows are considered sacred to the Hindu people, and many believe their urine has benefits for human health. There is no evidence that it prevents or cures Covid-19.