As much as they want to make us believe that the coronavirus is a minor virus, as some media reports, and as much as the WHO, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Google want to censor the news about the coronavirus, the reality is that COVID-19 is a true danger to humanity. And worst of all, the cases of the new coronavirus have reached Italy, the most affected country in Europe, where the authorities have isolated ten villages and quarantined 250 people, after the death of two people.
The authorities of the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto, where the outbreak is concentrated, have closed schools and banned public events. And in the other part of the world, South Korea has quarantined two and a half million people, which many have described as a “zombie apocalypse .” In total there are almost 78,000 infected and more than 2,300 deaths worldwide. Of course, absolutely nothing happens. However, the news that concerns us today is really worrying. It seems that the World Health Organization (WHO) already knew years ago that the so-called COVID-19 could cause a worldwide contagion.
Disease X and COVID-19
The World Health Organization (WHO) published a report in 2017 that listed several pathogens that represented a risk and should be addressed. Threats included the Nipah virus, which causes a variety of diseases, from asymptomatic infection to acute respiratory disease and fatal encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). The list was made up of viruses that had no known treatments or vaccines, and all had the potential to trigger pandemics that could kill thousands of people, as did Ebola and swine flu. But then, a new disease has been added: the X disease .
The mysterious name refers to “a serious international epidemic caused by a pathogen currently unknown . ” WHO added that humanity should work to find and address unknown diseases, but assumed that they would remain a remote threat for some time. The recent outbreak of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, has similarities to the description of Disease X and suggests that researchers already knew about the existence of the virus three years earlier.
While some believe that it could be some kind of conspiracy theory, experts have argued that research has been negligent in some areas, allowing unstoppable coronavirus progress.
“The global health authorities have spent a lot of time and money making plans to deal with the next major outbreak, which was supposed to be an influenza pandemic, ” Dr. Josie Golding, an epidemiologist at Wellcome Trust, told the Daily Express . “For example, a lot has been invested in the manufacture of influenza vaccines. But have we been thinking of diseases other than influenza that could become pandemics? I do not think that. There has been a real gap in our thinking. We simply do not imagine that an X-Disease arose on the scale we had seen with an influenza pandemic. We will do it in the future. ”
As we have commented previously, the death toll from the new coronavirus has reached a whopping figure of more than 2,300 and almost 78,000 infected worldwide. And worst of all, Africa, a continent that has not yet registered any infected, could be extremely vulnerable if the disease reaches its shores . Since health resources in many countries are scarce and infrastructure shines because of its absence compared to more developed countries, the death toll could increase significantly if the continent is affected. Other nations among the 13 labeled as more vulnerable than most include Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, leading the World Health Organization to mark these areas as a high priority.
The scientific community on a war footing
A group of 27 scientists are condemning all kinds of conspiracy theories about COVID-19, including the one that suggests that a laboratory in Wuhan, China, may be the source of the outbreak.
“The rapid, open and transparent exchange of data on this outbreak is now being threatened by rumors and misinformation about its origins,” the scientists, from nine countries, write in a statement published in the media magazine The Lancet . “We join together to strongly condemn the conspiracy theories that suggest that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin.”
The authors of the statement point out that scientists from several countries who have studied the new and mysterious coronavirus conclude that it originated in wildlife , as do many other viruses that have recently emerged in humans.
“The conspiracy theories do nothing but create fear, rumors and prejudices that jeopardize our global collaboration in the fight against this virus,”the statement said.
Peter Daszak, president of the EcoHealth Alliance and one of the signers of the declaration, says that we are in the era of misinformation of social networks, and these rumors and conspiracy theories have real consequences , including threats that have occurred to their Chinese colleagues However, it may be that instead of blaming conspiracy theorists they should openly criticize their “colleagues” , as there are many scientists who doubt official information and warn that we are facing one of the worst pandemics of our history.
This was the case of Dr. Eric L. Feigl-Ding , an American scientist professor at Harvard and who has received awards for his work in epidemiology, who wrote on his Twitter account the truth about Wuhan’s coronavirus: which is created by man and could cause an uncontrolled pandemic never seen before in history . Or Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, a British astrophysicist at the Buckingham Astrobiology Center, who said that the coronavirus appeared on our planet through the fragment of a comet that threw “hundreds of billions” of viral particles.
That said, then who are the ones who spread conspiracy theories? The media or conspiracy? Or the scientists themselves who question the official versions? Although if we think about it better, maybe what they want is to censor the news that tells the truth about COVID-19.