• Santushti Raj Thapar

Updated: Jun 10, 2020

Santushti Thapar

Ph.D. Researcher & Writer


The Untold Story: Origin of COVID - 19

The coronavirus pandemic is the most severe and dramatic public health

emergency that the world has faced since the deadliest 1918 Spanish Flue -

influenza pandemic that led to over 50 million deaths over a two year

period of three strikes.

Despite the numerous recently published articles/videos on this subject

by WHO & Governments renowned Scientists, Tacticians / Statisticians &

Laymen, many controversies persist both among healthcare professionals

(as after autopsies, it has been established that they were on the wrong

track – ailment misdiagnosed and that Ventilators themselves were not the

solution but had become part of the problem) and the common people.


A recent development wherein Dr. Laxminarayan told The Wire that he

disagrees with the Indian Council of Medical Research’s official stand that

India is still in stage 2 of the epidemic and has not entered stage 3 is of

opposite viewpoints. Quibbling, it would now seem! The Government and

its advisors are undoubtedly making decisions after considering all the

information and contradictory advice floating around. Although without a

shadow of doubt, in its effort to reduce the rate of transmission, India &

several other countries worldwide took drastic measures and our

Lockdown included closures of literally all-productive activities including

educational Institutes and schools. Quarantine of travelers – Foreign and

Domestic repartees’ from out of the City or State and potentially affected


persons have become commonplace. Today, even self-quarantine is

promoted. Individual precautions like social distancing, wearing gloves

and face masks, and hand hygiene, including the recommendation of

covering the mouth, and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing

or sneezing, are the norms that even children are now aware of. On this

too, a new controversy has arisen, wherein people are saying that in fact,

this is a form of ‘bondage’ being promoted by the main Conspirators to

further their profits by scaremongering. Their counter-argument is that

people's own immune system is being degraded and thus their dependence

on Pharmaceutical Drugs & Vaccine increases.

In spite of the above scaremongering, astonishingly, another controversy

has been unleashed by the advocates of ‘herd immunity’ prominently, the

British government which recently promoted the idea, to allow COVID‐19

to spread so as to build a “herd immunity” (a form of indirect protection

from the infection that happens to individuals when a significant part of a

population has been infected; until a vaccination is found). This

controversial strategy stands in contrast with World Health Organization

recommendations, which advice social distancing, et al, which itself is

now being questioned. In fact, the hypothesis that SARS‐CoV‐2 can infect

a significant proportion of the local population - inducing herd immunity

itself is suspect & remains an unproven solution.


As this lethal virus scorches its way across continents, reminding us of the

words of Leonard Cohen, “There is a crack / a crack in everything, that’s

how the light gets in.’’


But what if you find a wide gorge rather than a crack, and there is only

darkness rather than light getting in. Let us examine some additional

mindboggling & jaw-dropping controversies, to up the rate of your pulse

spontaneously: COVID 19 the unfounded claims:

The 2008 Nobel Laureate for physiology in medicine from France, Luc

Antoine Montagnier, caught the media’s attention when he recently

endorsed a COVID-19 conspiracy theory that, the virus is man-made. His

proclamation was subsequently magnified by various news outlets,

including many in India (e.g., The Week , The Hindu Business Line , and

Times of India ). Though, An article published more recently in the journal

Nature Medicine analyzing the new virus’s genome concluded that: “Our

analyses clearly show that SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory construct or a

purposefully manipulated virus.” In a 2010 interview, Montagnier said he

was leaving Europe to “escape the intellectual terror.” He added, “I’m no

longer allowed to work at a public institute (in France). I have applied for

funding from other sources, but I have been turned down.” Montagnier

himself is a controversial character but his writings and words can not be

ignored, It’s not exactly clear which manipulation and what escaping of

intellectual terror he is talking about. There is no evidence that anyone can

trust an allegation claimed by him or his writings. Moreover, the story of

controversies does not end here. Another thunder stroke will surely freeze

your breath; Judy Mikovits (right), virologist attacking Anthony Fauci in a

viral conspiracy video by Martin Enserink, Jon Cohen May, 8th 2020 (do

watch before it’s taken down). Anthony or Tony Fauci has become the

scientific face of America’s COVID -19 response, and he has astounded us

(possibly to conceal his own role) by saying, “the best evidence shows the


virus behind the pandemic was not made in a lab in China”. On the

contrary, Mikovits also accuses Anthony Fauci, of being responsible for

the deaths of millions during the early years of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.


Who is Judy Mikovits & Anthony or Tony Fauci? Anthony Fauci, the most

renowned physician head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and

Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for almost 40 years and a prominent member

of the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force. Now, Judy Mikovits is

a virologist and a scientist who obtained a Ph.D. in biochemistry and

molecular biology from George Washington University in 1991. By 2009,

she was the research director at the Whitmore Peterson Institute (WPI), a

private research center in Reno, Nevada.

In a video ‘Pandemic is Pandemic: Documentary on its hidden facts’ that

has exploded on social media in the past few days, virologist Judy

Mikovits claims the new coronavirus is being wrongly blamed for many

deaths. She makes searching assertions about the virus.


Judy Mikovits astonishingly claims that the COVID -19 virus occurred

somewhere between the North Carolina laboratories, Fort Detrick, the U.S.

Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, and the Wuhan

Laboratory.


There is no evidence that SARS-CoV-2 originated at WIV.

NIAID’s funding of a U.S. group that works with the Wuhan lab has been

stopped, which outraged many scientists.


In a 2010 interview, Montagnier said he was leaving Europe to “escape the

intellectual terror.” He added, “I’m no longer allowed to work at a public

institute (in France). I have applied for funding from other sources, but I

have been turned down.”


Montagnier had also argued like Judy during a TV interview with a French

TV channel that elements of the HIV-1 retrovirus, which he co-discovered

in 1983, can be found in the genome of the new coronavirus. He also said

elements of the “malaria germ” – the parasite Plasmodium falciparum –

can also be seen in the virus’s genome.

His full quote: “We were not the first since a group of Indian researchers

tried to publish a study which showed that the complete genome of this

coronavirus [has] sequences of another virus, which is HIV.” Similar

allegations have been confirmed by Judy Mikovits; and it now appears that

this virus was manipulated. This family of viruses was manipulated and

studied in a laboratory where the animals were taken into the laboratory,

and this is what was released, whether deliberate or not one can not say.

That it cannot be naturally occurring seems most likely. Somebody did not

just go to a market, got a bat, and the virus jumped directly to humans,

sounds a little far fetched.

That’s not how it works. That’s accelerated viral evolution. If it were a

natural occurrence, it would take up to 800 years to occur.

Although, as far as we are concerned it is also declared that these outbursts

dispel the myth concerning the origin of the outbreak of COVID‐19,

according to which the virus was synthetically created in a laboratory


unleashed to cause a global crisis. Indeed, although its origin is not

completely understood, it was demonstrated that the bat coronavirus

shared 96% of its genome with SARS‐CoV‐2, thus suggesting a bat origin

and a transmission to humans through an intermediate host.


Inference:


Pandemics are so fraught with misinformation; Pandemics have

historically been breeding grounds for fake news and conspiracy theories.

For example, in the 14th-century bubonic plague epidemic in Europe

fuelled a misbelief among Christians that the Jews were deliberately

poisoning wells and rivers with infectious “miasma”, leading to the mass

persecution of Jews. Even when Montagnier helped discover the HIV virus

(alongside Françoise Barré-Sinoussi) in the early 1980s, a prominent

conspiracy theory in the US was that HIV is a human-made virus that the

government had created to wipe out black people.

I don’t know whether the above-mentioned story is true or not but before

jumping to conclusions I suggest that they also make for an important time

to communicate good science, double-check suspicious comments, refuse

to accept claims without good reason, and not amplify pseudoscience

without suitable qualification. In the end, what to believe or what not - the

ball is once again in your court based on your own understanding and

study. For now, ‘Jaan bachani ho to’ stay with - kyunki Jaan hai to jahan

hai’ (Life is critical, so let us first protect it from the COVID 19 infection)


later we can get to understand more, once we get over this COVID 19

bullshit on whoever has made it, or whether it is naturally occurring.


References:


HEALTH , MEDIA , THE SCIENCES : A Nobel Laureate Said the New

Coronavirus Was Made in a Lab. He’s Wrong. The Wire, Felix Bast

22/04/2020. (Felix Bast is a science writer and an associate professor at the

Central University of Punjab. This article was originally published on

Medium and has been republished here with permission.)


What are unfounded claims about the coronavirus that causes COVID-19?

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