Coronavirus conspiracy theories – from 5G to a lab in China – The Sun

AS coronavirus has spread across the globe, social media has seen a barrage of information as to where the virus came from

With over two million of the world's population infected with the bug, we break down some of the wildest conspiracy theories surrounding the disease – from being created in Chinese labs to 5G networks.

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Chinese labs

A study shows that some Brits believe in a theory that coronavirus was created in a Chinese laboratory.

A YouGov poll showed that one in five Brits believe in the claim.

The belief stems from assumptions that bats kept in a government lab in Wuhan, where the disease was first reported, marked the beginning of the virus.

According to this theory, scientists genetically manufactured the virus.

The claim is so widespread that US intelligence and national security officials have said the country could be planning an investigation into whether the disease originated from labs and not wet markets, as initially thought.

Population control

Some conspiracy theorists have claimed coronavirus was created as a method to control the increasing population of the world.

In this unfounded claim, governments and the world elite struggling to control the multiplying population sought to eliminate a number of people so there would be fewer who could enjoy a higher quality of life.


One of the most persistent conspiracy theories is that the disease is caused by the rolling out of the 5G network across the globe.

It has been wrongly suggested that the world's elite are behind a cover up to spread the disease.

The claims also state 5G towers emit radiation which can attack the immune system, making people more susceptible to the coronavirus.

A video posted on social media saw the claim referred to the new £20 bank notes.

Conspiracy theorists believe the new notes feature symbols which suggest that 5G networks are the cause of the spread the bug.

Although the World Health Organisation has debunked this claim, it has not stopped it gaining traction.

Mobile network masts have been attacked in some parts of the country as a result of the claim.

Celebrities and influencers who have contributed to this misinformation include boxer Amir Khan, singer MIA, and ex-footballer David Icke.

This Morning host Eamon Holmes has faced criticism for appearing to defend the claims on the show.

US military involvement

The US has blamed China for suggesting the US military is responsible for the outbreak of coronavirus.

A spokesman for the PRC ministry of foreign affairs appeared to suggest the US was to blame for the outbreak.

This claim is unsubstantiated.

The claim has also been repeated by Chinese officials, igniting a blame game between China and the US, with President Trump and some of his aides calling the disease the "Chinese virus".

Republican senator Tom Cotton has suggested that the virus could be a bioweapon created by the Chinese government.

This claim is also without any evidence.

Bill Gates

The founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates has been the subject of false claims after a 2015 TED Talk speech resurfaced.

In the speech, he warned that a highly infectious disease would be more deadly than war.

This led to claims suggesting the billionaire either created or planned coronavirus to depopulate the earth.

The claim is one of several others targeting Bill Gates, which has been rejected by international fact checkers.


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Religious prophecy

Some religious groups have said the outbreak of coronavirus is based on a prophecy on how the world is to end.

Certain religious leaders have warned followers that the virus is a plague predicted centuries ago.

This information has been passed through several social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter.

Followers have been told to desist from doing bad or face the wrath of the virus.

Remedies for recovery

After the confirmation of cases in the UK, several unfounded home remedy methods were introduced including garlic and lemon.

Others also suggested that being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds without any problems is a sign that an individual does not have coronavirus.

Also, it was claimed drinking water every 15 minutes can prevent an individual from getting the disease by flushing out the virus.

A study shows that one in six adults believe in these claims.

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