• Cody Uhls

No. Coronavirus Wasn't Created in a Lab.

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Who knew we’d have to explain this. Coronavirus was not man-made in a laboratory.

Almost three out of 10 Americans believe the virus came from a lab. Moreover, 1% of people believe the virus doesn’t exist.

Let’s reiterate, the Coronavirus was not man-made in a lab, intentionally or accidentally.

Scientists like Dr. Robert Garry, a professor at the Tulane School of Medicine, have refuted the notion that Coronavirus was made by the Chinese government as a biological weapon.

During Dr. Garry’s study, he explains, “We determined that SARS-CoV-2 [Coronavirus] originated through natural processes by comparing the genetic sequences and protein structures of other coronaviruses to those of new virus that causes COVID-19,” Dr. Garry continues, “It is very close to a bat virus. The adaptations that the virus has made to affect humans are actually very different than what you would expect if you were designing it using computational models in biological engineering.”

The conspiracy theory, which first became more mainstream in January by the right-wing news organization The Washington Times, explains how the coronavirus disease “may have originated in a laboratory in the city of Wuhan linked to China’s covert biological weapons program.” The article, as of April 18, 2020, has a disclaimer in the header by the editor explaining studies done since publication refute the article’s premise, showing no signs of manufacture or manipulation in a lab.

The theory was immediately picked up by individuals such as Rush Limbaugh and Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark).

The notion the virus was created in a lab has zero evidence to back it up.

There is, however, loads of evidence from respected experts and doctors explaining the virus was made in nature, most likely coming from bats. A study by Nature Medicine explains how it’s “improbable that SARS-CoV-2 [Coronavirus] emerged through laboratory manipulation of a related SARS-CoV-like coronavirus,” and “the genetic data irrefutably show that SARS-CoV-2 is not derived from any previously used virus backbone.” The “previously used virus backbone” means the other Coronaviruses found in nature and ones that have been testing in labs.

These studies explain this is a completely new and novel coronavirus. Nothing like this has ever been seen which makes it all but impossible the virus was made in a lab.

These conspiracy theories are doing nothing but hurting society and will get people killed because they are not practicing the guidelines put in place by the CDC and other reputable sources.

Practicing social distancing, even though the curve might be headed in a downward trend, is still vitally important so the curve doesn’t turn upward.

Johns Hopkins professor Jennifer Nuzzo said on NPR, “[Social Distancing measures] are needed to stop that rapid growth in cases that we saw about a month ago, but they're not a cure.” Ms. Nuzzo added, “They're a pause button. As soon as we begin to release, we should expect to see a rise in cases, and unless we have a plan to deal with them, we could find ourselves right back where we started, which I think will feel very, very frustrating to a lot of people if they have to go through this all over again.”

It’s important to remember the virus was not made in a lab, but it’s even more important to remember that it is deadly and still very active in our lives, and we must practice the safety measures if we want to end quarantines and stay-at-home measures anytime soon.

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