Rumor vs Reality
Nope. There is very strong evidence that the virus is a natural mutation of a bat virus. There is no evidence that people created the virus.
It’s really common for viruses to jump from animals – such as apes, chickens and bats – to humans. The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, is extremely similar to a bat virus and there’s strong evidence that’s where it came from. There is no evidence to support the idea that people created the virus.
Researchers have studied this virus’s genetic material. Altering a virus involves inserting a new piece of RNA. A natural process of change will involve random changes. They look quite different. This virus has all the hallmarks of natural mutations, none of engineered mutations.
Several types of tests and examinations have been run on the virus – every one reinforces the conclusion that it came from bats.
Verdict? Nature made it.
National Geographic. Why misinformation about COVID-19’s origins keeps going viral
Nature. Medicine. On the origins of SARS-CoV-2. 13 January 2021.
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