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Today is 4/9/2020 11:30 in eastern time in the US, as I am writing this. I don’t think I have to describe it to you, what has been happening right now to this world, especially in the US.
As of right now according to this Bing COVID-19 Tracker there are 1,600,427 cases worldwide with 95699 deaths and in the US alone there are 468,703 cases with 16,679 deaths. So it is pretty darn terrible!
One of the most on going pressing questions that are making rounds on the internet, is whether this COVID-19 aka Coronavirus is a bioattack? Now China blames the US and the US blames China. But even it was a bio-attack hypothetically, everyone knows by now this is worse than suicide bombing because it not only can destroy your enemy, it can destroy your own people, economy, reputation, it can cripple the entire human civilization.
So today I have decided to delve deeper into this question to find an answer. Because I am tired and fed up with reading only conspiracy theories as an answer to this query (whether COVID-19 is a bioattack or not).
Take for example this question on Quora, Is it possible that the recent China coronavirus outbreak is a bio-attack? has 100+ answers and still counting. I can already save you some time categorizing the tone of those answers: denial of such claim (that whether it is a bioattack) with/without any factual basis, conspiracy theories and hidden gems with some key reference.
One of the Anonymous answers is this in the hyperlink touches most of the basis of conspiracy theories which other answers include. So I don’t wish to repeat them. But what is interesting is that a hypothetical timeline starts forming in front of your eyes. Obviously, that also fuels more speculations, but I will add the facts into that timeline also.
The above anonymous answer claims that China took inspiration of a possible bioweapon-attack from already existing novels, movies, and even public speeches. Chinese can also claim the same BTW that the US did it.
But out of all the piles of horse shit, one answer that caught my eyes is this one, which does not talk about any conspiracy theories but builds a very logical hypothesis on already existing facts. This answer also brought my attention to Wuhan Lab’s Chinese Virologist Dr. Shi Zhengli‘s research activities which I am going to elaborate about in a bit.
But first, let’s look at the fact and fiction timeline:
Fiction: The Eyes of Darkness – a fictional novel released in 1981 talks about this virus named Wuhan-400. Even though the symptoms are different, the city’s name Wuhan is there as that anonymous answer pointed out.
Fact: Between 2002-2004 SARS CoV outbreak happened in China.
Fact: Wuhan Institute of Virology started its operation since 2005. Ever since then Dr. Shi and her team have been investigating bat originated SARs virus and continued to have published papers till now.
Fiction: Sylvia Browne’s prediction about a pneumonia-like virus in the year 2020 in her book named Prophecy published in 2008. You must have seen or heard about this book by now many times. I myself bought a copy from Amazon to check out that page. But while most of her predictions are just some made up bat shit, this one perhaps was purely coincidental. It is still pretty vague though, considering China already had SARs virus outbreak back in 2003 and a few other viruses broke before or during the time of this book’s publication. It is not hard to make this up. It can be common sense or a mere gut feeling.
Fiction: The movie Contagion(2011). Read the plot or watch it.
2019: COVID-19 started from Wuhan China and the virus was quickly identified and named after COVID-19 or Coronavirus because of Dr. Shi and her team’s research work. And why not? She has been working hard to identify/test SARs virus in bats.
So seeing all these you can decide whether you wanna conclude if something smells fishy, although some experts have already concluded that Coronavirus is completely naturally mutated. Actually, every other year there are some types of viruses spreading like Swine Flu, Ebola, .etc. But because none of those became global pandemic it did not catch our attention like the current COVID-19. It is true that viruses mutate all the time.
So, thanks to Dr. Shi Zhengli and many virologists like her around the world who have been working hard in such research which we never thought could be important. Because of people like her, we might have got to know what has been happening to us sooner.
But wait, as I have mentioned before one of the Quora answers pointed out that, Dr. Shi also conducted researches where the possible mixing of HIV with SARs CoV was mentioned (take a look at the following paper):
The above paper was published in 2010. Even before in 2008, she published the following paper where this concept is mentioned.
And take a look at these posts:
There is a difference between an intentional bio-attack or one “mad” scientist’s lab experiment gone bad (read leaked). However, it is not clear how can a level -4 Virology Lab like the one in Wuhan have experimental leaks.
As one of the Quora answers (mentioned above) concluded, “I would say it is unlikely a bio-weapon, but possibly some mad scientists’ crazy dream coming true – helping bat virus directly attack human being”.
I don’t know if we will ever get to the bottom of this, or we would ever know who was the patient zero or how s/he got the virus. There are many conflicting views about the patient zero. You will also find many fake YouTube videos that claim to be filmed in Wuhan Seafood Market where allegedly the virus started, but it is filmed elsewhere. Bats still remain the food delicacy in many parts of the world.
But until I find any further update on this issue, it seems like a leaked experiment (unintentional or not) which perhaps infected a human and/or a bat directly and naturally kept mutating till now, that’s why scientists who claim that Coronavirus came out through the natural process of sequencing are right as well. Although Dr. Shi herself completely denied such allegations of experimental leaks, her or the Wuhan’s lab’s involvement in this virus spread. She thinks this is nature’s punishment to mankind for having unhealthy habits.
We are not sure if Dr. Shi is a psychopath (since a lot of gifted people especially scientists can be), neither we know if someone else used her published papers as some recipe book of mass-distraction to teach mankind a lesson, or was it purely coincidentally spread from bat/wild animals-human direct contact which has similarities with HIV virus too and RaTG13. But until further updates let’s trust scientists’ claims that Coronavirus started spreading naturally.
Update: Read the following article which was published on April 14, 2020:
Check out this video and you decide the conclusion: