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Coronavirus conspiracy theories – claims bug was 'created by CIA' and a 'hoax to stop Brexit' are FALSE
CORONAVIRUS is on the verge of becoming a global pandemic and dangerous conspiracy theories about the disease are spreading faster than ever.
Some online crackpots have claimed the virus is the work of the CIA, while other wacky webizens allege the outbreak is a "hoax" designed to stop Brexit.
Experts across the globe have blasted the spread of such theories, which threaten to "incite violence" among panicking citizens.
"Conspiracy theories can be very harmful for society," researchers Daniel Jolley, of Northumbria University, and Pia Lamberty, of Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, wrote in The Conversation last week.
"Not only can they influence people's health choices, they can interfere with how different groups relate to each other.
"They also increase hostility and violence towards those who are perceived to be 'conspiring'."
Coronavirus was 'engineered' by the CIA or China
A handful of cranks seem to believe that the coronavirus was created in a lab by either China or the USA.
The reasons for this vary – some say the bug is a way for Beijing to "cleanse" China of its elderly residents.
Others allege the disease is a plot by US spies to tank China's economy.
Claims that coronavirus, or more specifically the COVID-19 strain that's currently spreading across the globe, was created by people don't line up with the scientific evidence.
Scientists who recently examined the virus' DNA came to the conclusion that it was entirely new and originated in nature, not a laboratory.
The large group of experts announced their findings after scanning the genomes of coronavirus strains from multiple countries.