Is COVID-19 Origin Factual Or A Conspiracy Theory?

Errol Mc Leish
Contributor : Errol McLeish

In March of 2020, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, made a dar­ing state­ment about the ori­gin of the Novel Coronavirus ( COVID-19). He blamed the United States of America (USA) army, for intro­duc­ing the virus into his coun­try. This state­ment came on the heels of the US President, Donald Trump’s char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of the virus which has its ori­gin in the Chines city of Wuhan, as the China Virus. Its pub­li­ca­tion was not by some tabloid or sci­ence fic­tion mag­a­zine, it was facil­i­tat­ed by major main­stream media hous­es, in the US.
Normally, a state­ment pro­mot­ing a con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry, com­ing from any­one else, would be viewed as just that, a con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry, but this alle­ga­tion, emanat­ed from a high rank­ing offi­cial in the Chinese Government, which evi­dent­ly car­ried with it much weight, and might have helped to solid­i­fy the view of many con­spir­a­cy the­o­rists that it is fac­tu­al, fur­ther fan­ning the flame of skep­ti­cism of any expla­na­tion giv­en by glob­al orga­ni­za­tions about the virus’ ori­gin.

Zhao Lijian, with those few words, had essen­tial­ly opened a can of worms. He was, how­ev­er, short on specifics and details, just infor­ma­tion that was essen­tial­ly good enough for a click­bait.
Thus facil­i­tat­ing a fer­tile ground for sus­pi­cion and increduli­ty. A con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry essen­tial­ly, “is a belief that some covert but influ­en­tial orga­ni­za­tion is respon­si­ble for an unex­plained event”, it is not one that is based on fact, but one’s belief.
The unfor­tu­nate thing is that in many of these cas­es the pro­po­nents try to use plau­si­ble ratio­nal respons­es to a con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry to val­i­date it.
In oth­er words, their per­spec­tive as to the caus­es, effects & ori­gin of a sub­ject mat­ter, is fit­ted into a the­o­ry to ratio­nal­ize it, often­times with­out any sol­id proof, and this is what makes it dan­ger­ous.

It can essen­tial­ly be a mech­a­nism and a con­duit to facil­i­tate dis­trust in gov­ern­ment and cre­ate hys­te­ria. A pan­dem­ic like COVID-19 is a virus that has pro­vid­ed the right envi­ron­ment in which it can thrive. While I have no proof that Mr. Lijian was not being fac­tu­al he has not pro­vid­ed any proof to val­i­date his claims.
So one is left to be guid­ed by one’s judge­ment as to whether to believe him or not. In a world where cit­i­zens in var­i­ous coun­tries are sus­pi­cious of gov­ern­ment because of their con­stant duplic­i­ty about their engage­ments, con­spir­a­cy the­o­ries can only make bad sit­u­a­tions worse.
The con­spir­a­cy about COVID-19, did not start with Mr. Lijian’s state­ment, in fact, there have been many pri­or to his dec­la­ra­tion.
Some have stat­ed it was the intro­duc­tion of 5G tech­nol­o­gy or some exper­i­ment went wrong and a virus escaped from the Chines lab.
Some of the sto­ries and videos being cir­cu­lat­ed are so dra­mat­ic they are beyond belief.

China inci­den­tal­ly, has been one of the lead­ing devel­op­ers in 5G tech­nol­o­gy and they have been at odds with the American Government. As a result, the US had informed its tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­nies about the poten­tial secu­ri­ty risk that the Chines can pose with its dom­i­nance of 5G tech­nol­o­gy.
This con­cern was raised by the US Attorney General William P. Barr, insin­u­at­ing that it might be a Trojan horse to infil­trate the US, as a mech­a­nism for espi­onage.
The smart mon­ey would say that the US might be con­cerned that China might first them in the glob­al space with the tech­nol­o­gy.
He who dom­i­nates the tech­no­log­i­cal space wields enor­mous pow­er. The US has demon­strat­ed its con­cern and have rec­om­mend­ed to one of its clos­est ally, the United Kingdom, who has decid­ed to use 5G tech­nol­o­gy in some of its tech­nol­o­gy, not to use it.
The UK instead has stat­ed that the tech­nol­o­gy would not be used in nation­al secu­ri­ty-sen­si­tive areas. Could it be that the 5G con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry was gen­er­at­ed specif­i­cal­ly to thwart the Chinese dom­i­nance?
I would sug­gest to you that many con­spir­a­cy the­o­rists are of the opin­ion that this is the case.

Be that as it may, in a world that has seen devel­oped coun­tries seek­ing to main­tain dom­i­nance and the mech­a­nism of bio­log­i­cal war­fare a real­i­ty, it is not too far­fetched that there is the like­ly pos­si­bil­i­ty that this the­o­ry may just be fac­tu­al.
However, in the absence of (a) any sup­port­ing fact con­cern­ing COVID-19’s ori­gin (b) the real­i­ty that this pan­dem­ic is tak­ing lives across bor­ders,© that it does not dis­tin­guish­es between race, gen­der or polit­i­cal affil­i­a­tion, deal­ing with it should be a pri­or­i­ty.
Survival of human­i­ty should be para­mount at the back of our minds. The COVID-19 con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry is incon­se­quen­tial.

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