Conspiracy 1: The COVID-19 pandemic was planned.
Everything about the COVID-19 pandemic is confusing, starting with how it has been named.
The first misunderstanding, which led to the emergence of several different conspiracy theories, is quite a fundamental one. Most people had never heard the term ‘coronavirus’ before the pandemic. Surprisingly, we are already intimately familiar with milder strains of coronaviruses, which we experience in the form of common colds every winter. These seasonal coronaviruses have been documented in humans as far back as 1976. Animals are also highly susceptible to coronaviruses and several strains are known to be carried by cows, pigs, horses, and bats.
Due to so many different strains of animal coronaviruses circulating in livestock, vaccines for animal coronaviruses have existed for several years. Many cleaning products are also labeled as designed to kill ‘coronaviruses’ from surfaces. Some people have wrongly assumed that the existence of these cleaning products and vaccines means that somehow manufacturers were warned about the pandemic or that a secret cure for COVID-19 already exists.
To break it down:
· SARS-CoV-2 virus is a brand-new strain of coronavirus that only started circulating in the human population in late 2019.
· COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is the name of the disease people develop after being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
· SARS-CoV-2 is the only coronavirus strain that caused the COVID-19 pandemic.
· SARS-CoV-2 is different from other coronavirus strains because it is a brand-new type of coronavirus.
· SARS-CoV-2 is much more dangerous than the milder coronavirus strains and we are still learning how it transmits and affects the human body.
After an earlier coronavirus strain (SARS-CoV) led to the SARS scare in 2003, many organisations started conducting hypothetical ‘pandemic planning’ events to try and prepare for the next contagious disease outbreak. One of the most vocal people with concerns was Bill Gates, who gave a TED talk in 2015 warning us that the world was not prepared for the next pandemic. His TED talk has now been used as proof that he was somehow behind this pandemic, but fortunately, Full Fact, an independent fact-checking charity, has debunked this theory.
Research into coronaviruses has been funded for over 20 years: