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This is part two of the article on Debunking COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories, refuting the conspiracies that are circulating on social medial that China or US created the virus to destroy the other, economically, and politically.
Part one of the article “Debunking COVID-19 Conspiracies PART ONE: Did China Create COVID-19 for Political and Economic Supremacy?” generated interesting debates under the comment section. Of the comments that were made, the one that stood out was by someone by the names of ‘Hatsire’ on Facebook. Here are his comments:
“If you know anything about RNA and virus evolution, you would know that viruses evolve a thousand times faster than other organisms which means they keep mutating all the time without any external manipulations by humans. 90% of the time, the mutations have no effect or they end up making the virus less functional. It's only in very few cases that the virus becomes deadly to humans after a chance mutation. Also, current DNA editing tools used like CRISPR are still in their infancy and it is highly unlikely that such tools can be used to manipulate a biological virus to get it to behave the way you want it to....even supercomputers could not predict the behavior based on the shape. It's not an easy task to manipulate a biological virus. But don't just believe what I'm saying. Go do some background research yourselves.”
Simply put, the technology in the world does not have capacity to create a virus. It takes complex natural mutation that is impossible to manipulate using even the advanced technology.
Another person, Bradley LW Gewa, who is a member of the Academa_Nomad (you can become one by clicking the like button), provided this short but concise comment:
“A well-respected ecologist has just written "natural evolution is more skilled in virus creation than humans". I think that sums it up for me.”
He makes the point that viruses are not easy to create, and nature alone can do it. Science is yet to catch up with the art of creating viruses possessed by nature. And that should settle the debate: that COVID-19 is not manmade.
But we should not take the words of these two gentlemen, as Hatsire says in his comments. Independent research will show reputable scientists and scientific journals/websites saying the same thing. You can look up:
It provides a summary of the views of scientists and doctors working to COVID-19.
This should settle it. But the question is: even if China or US did develop the virus, would they use it on each other for political and/or economic gains? In Part One we presented reasons why Chinese creation of the virus to destroying US fails stand scrutiny. Here we’ll provide a much shorter version for why even if US created the virus, it would not use it against China.
First, it is inconceivable to suggest that US would release contagious disease that would, at the time of writing this article, killed 2000 Americans, and infected 124, 000. And experts say the worst is yet to come.
Second, lets say the US is heartless leviathan, who would kill its own citizens and throw the world into havoc just to destroy Chinese economic power. This is the most unintelligent of all conspiracies, and those Papua New Guineans who are debating of Facebook that US created the virus to destroy Chinese economic power should be ashamed for being world’s dummies. Three million (3 million) Americans lost their jobs due to Coronavirus, and 3.3 million people who lived their own lives four months ago have now filed for unemployment from the government. US stocks lost 2000 points on 24 March 2020 alones. This translates into trillions of US dollars lost in a single day. All of this carnage is going on, and your best-researched theory is US created the virus to destroy China? You got to be the most illogical human alive. If US is smart enough to create the virus, US should be smart enough to predict some degree of chaos with certainty.
Here is another point for those economic conspiracy theorists to ponder: Chinese economy had already begun to decline past 2010. Its 30 year 10% GDP growth from the 1970s ended in 2005, moving China from being the 6th largest economy to being the second largest economy behind US. In recent years, with Trump’s tariff wars, Chinese economy was negatively affected as Chinese exports to US. China was already slowing, why want to destroy a slowing economy? Chinese economy is second to US only on GDP terms, but on GDP per capital terms, it is China is 79th in the world! GDP is the wealth created in a year, GDP per capita is the measure of how much each person in the country would get if the wealth was equally divided.
Worse still, the global trade interdependence means destroying Chinese economy would inevitable destroy US. In 2018, US made US$ 120.3 billion by exporting to China. For those PNG conspiracy theorists, that’s equivalent to K470. 3 billion. Taking the average annual K16 billion budget of PNG, K470 billion would sustain PNG for 30 consecutive years without the need for more loans! So no, US would not release the virus in Wuhan even if US had it.
Third, assuming US scientists had the ability to create the virus to destroy rising Chinese military power? US has just released US$ 2 trillion to fight COVID-19. Would you create a virus that directly results in US$ 2 trillion if your plan was to be a military superpower? For dates for which data is available online, US budgeted $689 billion in 2019 for its military, whilst Chine spent in $146 billion in 2016 (2019 data not available). In 2016, US spent $611 billion. See the difference? Where is the motive for US to destroy Chinese military power?
The only areas in which China is a threat to US is the number of people who could pick up a gun (if there are enough guns) because China has 1.3 billion people against US’ 400 million.
We could go on and on, but to what cause? The three points above is sufficient to make you question conspiracies.
As one of the guys said in the comment section of Part ONE, do you own research, do not believe Academia_Nomad’s take on this.
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