The number of Corona virus deaths in China has risen to 213.
As of Friday morning, the total number of people infected with the virus in China has reached ten thousand. To prevent the spread of the virus globally, Hong Kong and many other countries have suspended or reduced flights to and from China.
Not only has the virus spread to China and abroad, but misinformation about it has been spreading very rapidly.
There has been a lot of misinformation regarding the Corona virus. You must have seen the video of the bat soup.
BB Monitoring has tried to find out what is the source of all this information.
Videos of bat soup
From the very beginning, people started speculating online about how the corona virus started. The main character of all of these was the videos in which the Chinese in Wuhan (where the Corona virus originated) have been seen smoking soups of bats.
In one such video, a smiling Chinese woman shows off a cooked bat camera, saying that it tastes like ‘chicken meat’.
This video caused a surge of online users’ anger.
Some consumers seem to attribute the eating habits of the Chinese to the spread of the virus.
However, the video quoted above does not belong to Wuhan. And you might be surprised to know that it wasn’t even filmed in China.
The video was filmed in 2016 when popular blogger and travel show host Meng Wang was on a tour of the western Pacific island of Paolo.
The video clip once again went viral on social media after the new Corona virus was revealed in Wuhan late last year.
After receiving harsh reactions online, Mr Wang apologized, saying ‘I was just trying to introduce a local lifestyle’ and she didn’t know that bats could prove to be a virus carrier. His video was then removed.
The virus is said to have spread from an illegal animal market in Wuhan, China.
Although the name of bats has been revealed in recent research in China to find out the cause of this virus, bats soup is not much liked in China and efforts are underway to find out the origin of the virus.
Was the outbreak planned regularly?
After the first case of the Corona virus came out in the United States last week, numerous certified documents began to go viral on Twitter and Facebook, giving the impression that experts had been aware of the virus for years.
One of the users who brought up the allegations was conspiracy theorist and YouTuber Jordan Suter.
This document talks about developing a weaker version of the corona virus for the prevention of respiratory-related diseases and possible use as a vaccine.
The link has been widely shared among campaigners and conspiracy Facebook groups against vaccines.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donates to both Pilbright and vaccine preparation, using the fact that Sitter tried to give the impression that she was deliberately seeking the funding to fund the vaccine. Expanded.
Sitter tweeted … ‘How many funds has the Gates Foundation given to vaccine programs over the years? Was the virus spread under a regular plan? Is the media being used to raise fear? ‘
But Pebright’s document is not related to the Corona virus. Rather, it is akin to the avian infection bronchitis virus, which belongs to a large family of corona viruses that infects chickens.
And as far as speculation about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is concerned, Peerbright’s spokeswoman Teresa Moghan told BuzzFeed News that the foundation did not fund research on the bronchitis virus.
Conspiracies like ‘biopen’
Another unsubstantiated claim to be online is that the virus was part of China’s ‘secret biopen program’ and may have leaked to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Many accounts that propound this view seem to share two articles in the Washington Times, citing the statement of a former Israeli military intelligence officer.
However, no evidence was provided to substantiate this claim in either of these articles, and Israeli sources said that there was “no evidence or hint” about it so far that it could be known There was a leak.
Both of these articles have been shared with hundreds of accounts so far and include millions of people reading them.
Last week, the Daily Star published a similar article claiming that the virus may have ‘originated in the secret lab’. However, this article was later modified because there was no evidence to substantiate this claim.
The official research so far has revealed that the source of the virus is probably the illegal sale and sale of animals in Wuhan’s market.
It has been thought that the virus is out of the wildlife traded in Wuhan’s Huanan seafood market.
BBC News contacted The Washington Times for comment.
Another claim comes from the suspension of a researcher at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Canada.
Last year , a report by the Canadian National Broadcasting Agency CBC reported that expert gynecologist Dr. Jianggo Qi, her husband, and some of her students from China were removed from the lab following alleged policy violations. ۔
Police told CBC News that there was ‘no risk factor to the public.’
Another report said that Dr Qi visited the Wuhan National BioSafety Laboratory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences twice a year .
Over 12,000 retweets and 13,000 likes, with no evidence claiming that Dr Kew and her husband were part of the ‘detective team’ . He applied the pathogen to the laboratory in Wuhan and his husband specialized in corona virus research.
CBC reports did not even mention one of the three alleged tweets. Even terms such as ‘corona virus’ and ‘spy’ were never used in these reports.
The CBC has termed these claims as baseless .
‘Nurse video from Wuhan’
Various versions of an alleged ‘whistleblower’ video have been shared millions of times on social media. The alleged video is said to have been made by a nurse or doctor from Hoban Province.
The most popular version of this video was uploaded to YouTube by a Korean user and includes English and Korean subtitles. This video was later removed.
According to English subtitles, the woman is a nurse at a hospital in Wuhan. However in the video, she does not claim to be a nurse or doctor.
It seems as if the spread of different versions of this video on social media made itself the assumption that she would be a doctor or a nurse.
The woman, who does not reveal her identity, is wearing a virus protection suit at an unknown location. However, his suit and mask does not match the suit and mask used by medical staff in Hawaii.
Video verification from this province is difficult, after being locked down by Chinese authorities. But she makes many unsubstantiated claims about the virus that she suspects to be nurse or paramedical staff.
She claims that the actual number of victims in China is ninety thousand. But according to government data, the total number of confirmed victims so far is 7700.
“It seems they have nothing to do with the medical profession so far,” Wuhan-born and Visual Editor Mui Xiao, an affiliate of China’s File Online magazine, told the BBC.
Although the exact location of this video could not be determined, it is likely that the woman is a resident of Hubei and is sharing her personal opinion about the epidemic.
“I think there is a possibility that she thinks she is telling the truth,” said Bidyakau, a Chinese political activist based in Australia, speaking to the BBC. Because no one knows the truth. ‘
“The real situation is not clear and people are just guessing and panicking.”