Coronavirus conspiracy theories you shouldn’t believe
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Conspiracy theory: Greed and gun violence accidentally unleashed COVID-19
In another finger-pointing bid, some conspiracy theorists believe in the following elaborate origin story for COVID-19: Coronavirus was created when China was trying to invent a biological agent to make protesters more docile, but the plan was scrapped when the resulting virus proved to be deadly. Then United States intelligence agents learned about coronavirus and had to have it for themselves. At the last minute, China tried to stop the United States but a shoot-out ensued, which released coronavirus into the air near Wuhan.
It’s a complicated story, but it sounds credible if you believe the source is a Chinese military officer motivated by the desire to tell the “truth,” which is how its source website, UFO Spotlight, positioned it. Snopes, however, debunked the story and traced it back to a fiction website. But people will believe what they want, and for some, this entirely made-up theory provides more comfort than the truth.