There is a really dangerous belief rolling around some conservative circles that the coronavirus was created in a lab in Wuhan, China in an effort to destroy the American economy. All this despite the fact that epidemiologists who have studied the novel coronavirus have largely agreed this is not a lab-created virus but rather a naturally occuring leap. Most likely found in bats.

This week our President came forward making a claim which made it even more dangerous.

Diplomacy. There is a reason we have and need diplomacy. It’s all fine and well to say we don’t care about China or anyone else for that matter. But understand this, we really are not autonomous. We all are connected. We borrow money from China. We have trade and manufacturing deals with China. Many of our products are made in China. We are in fact connected to China in a big way. Diplomacy is important. For both nations. To think otherwise is incredibly naive and, well, simply ignorant.
 

So why the need to create conspiracies? Why would our own President be in on pushing the agenda? Simple. Distraction. President Trump has a particular group of fans that has been seriously into conspiracy theories. The theories have given careers to the likes of Alex Jones and brought life to tags like “false flags” and “fake news” which really mean nothing when you think about it. They are just words people throw out when they wish to discredit something. Ultimately they mean nothing. Not even when Trump says them. Which brings me back to the latest conspiracy theory.

As far back as February, in the New England Journal of Medicine, David M. Morens, M.D., Peter Daszak, Ph.D., and Jeffery K. Taubenberger, M.D., Ph.D. co-authored a paper agreeing that this novel coronavirus most likely came from a bat and was due to natural causes – not a lab creation. All are respected in their field.

Another research paper from March shows the markers of the coronavirus were not lab created but rather occured naturally. The facts simply do not lead to any proof of a conspiracy theory. So I hate to break it to you conspiracy theory lovers, but you need to put your goblet of Corona Kool-Aid down. You might choke on your “false flags” and your “fake news.”

I’m just sayin….