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COVID-19: Of conspiracy theories and scientific facts [ICT Clinic]

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect many people across the world, crossing the two million infected mark, one thing is clear though, this virus has succeeded in grinding the economy of many countries of the world to a halt or near halt. In many countries, only people engaged in essential duties such as healthcare, food and nutrition and media are allowed to move around freely.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage all over the world, with various scientists and pharmaceutical companies, trying to find curative drugs or vaccines to stem the spread of the dreaded virus, it beats my imagination that various conspiracy theories surrounding the origin and prospects for the cure of the virus have emerged.

Early this year, when the COVID-19 virus erupted in Wuhan, China, the first reports we had was that it emanated from a wet market in Wuhan. It was believed that some wild animals were the cause of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. So, we all thought until all manner of conspiracy theories started to fly around through the ubiquitous social media platforms.

One of the conspiracies is that China wanted to take over the world economy and be at the forefront of influencing world politics going forward. The theory goes on to state that the Chinese knew that they could not achieve this through the use of military force as the United States of America will quickly and easily put a stop to that ambition, with its military might.

This, the theory continues, is why China, decided to develop the coronavirus at the Wuhan Institute of Biotechnology and release it, first in Wuhan, blame its origin on the livestock market in Wuhan and afterward, spread it in cities across Europe and the United States of America to weaken those countries’ economies. This, the theory stated, will give China, the required victory without firing a shot.

Yet came another conspiracy theory, this time, involving the Billionaire Co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, who had pre-warned the world about five years prior that, the world should be ready, at some time in the future, for such a pandemic that we have on our hands now. He emphasised that the world should be ready, to fight such a virus, when the time comes. Interestingly, it was not only Bill Gates that gave such a warning.

Erstwhile President George W. Bush, who, as President of the United States of America, between 2001 and 2009, had earlier, given a similar warning, during his tenure in office, in a speech to the National Institute of Health, in the United States of America, but he was not joined in the conspiracy theory. Why was this? The conspiracy caught up with Bill Gates because the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had been involved, in the development of various vaccines and drugs, to counter various viruses, diseases and ailments, prior to now.

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About the author

Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr

CFA hosts Tech Trends on Channels Television, writes the ICT Column in the Punch Newspapers & also blogs on cfagbata.com.

CFA currently serves as the African Regional Director of Founder Institute.

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