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Coronavirus conspiracy theories – claims bug was 'created by US military' and a 'hoax to stop Brexit' are FALSE
Some online crackpots have claimed the virus is the work of the US military, while other wacky webizens allege the outbreak is a "hoax" designed to stop Brexit.
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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 US military 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.
China's state-run Global Times has reported that Chinese internet users and experts are calling for more information on whether The Fort Detrick laboratory was linked to the disease.
It cited coincidental events between the outbreak and the closure of the CIA lab.
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.