CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK | what’s true and what’s false

The world is dealing with an outbreak of a strain of Coronavirus which started in Wuhan. Official reports claims is started in the seafood market but of late I have every reasons to believe it is a synthetic virus which was intentionally developed in a lab.

Previously, I have been of the opinion that 2019-nCov is zoonotic because lots of Coronaviruses and other diseases are. But my opinion on this seems to have changed. There are so many questions looking for answers.

By mistake or intent, 2019-nCov may have been transmitted from the Wuhan lab. I don’t want to sound so sure but everything is indicating that it is a synthetic virus based on an already existing virus, SARS Cov-1 and HIV. You may need to do a personal research to understand how 2019-nCov is related to the aforementioned viruses.

Here are some questions waiting for answers.

• Why did China deny the human to human transmission of this virus at first? Perhaps to get the entire world unprepared and infected?

• Why is China heavily censoring the conversations and trying to shift the blame on America?

• Why did the Chinese doctors who spoke out either got missing or died?

• Why did China demand the destruction of virus samples and withdrawal of information and related data from the public?

• Who is Shi Zhengli? What was her mission? Why was it breakthrough for her to discover the effective transmission of coronavirus to humans without the need for an immediate host? What was the purpose of that research?

Having made my suspicions clear, I want to debunk the popular conspiracy theories out there about the virus.

Many people have chosen to believe these conspiracies especially concerning Dean Koontz’s 1981 novel, The Eyes of Darkness, where a killer virus named ‘Wuhan-400’ was described. The book is fictional and it predicted the killer virus was released in the year 2020. Remember, a fiction writer would choose any year that resonates well with him. What makes it very believable though is that this fictional virus was developed in Wuhan research lab and Coronavirus first emerged from this same city.

2020 was the year many people looked up to for so many things and even the Nigerian government had previously envisioned that by 2020 Nigeria would be a developed country instead of a developing country. Lots of things were hinged to 2020 making it a perfect year to fit into Koontz fiction.

The only similarity between Koontz’s novel is that his fictional bioweapon was named ‘Wuhan-400’ and Coronavirus was the centre of Coronavirus outbreak and there is nothing more to it than this. Let’s talk about the difference.

  • In Koontz’s novel, Wuhan-400 was developed by humans as a cheap alternative to full-blown out war using advanced weapons. COVID-19 has not been proven yet to be a biological weapon. If it was, perhaps likely on the basis of trade war.
  • The symptoms of the fictional Wuhan-400 are very different to Coronavirus. Wuhan-400 eats away brain tissues causing loss of control and bodily function while Coronavirus have various symptoms including fever, cough and breathing difficulties.
  • Wuhan-400 according to the novel has a 100% fatality rate but current findings on Coronavirus leave it at 2% fatality rate which means that 98% of victims can survive it. This proves yet again that Coronavirus isn’t likely a bioweapon. Who shoots a gun at someone’s heart expecting the victim to live?
  • Wuhan-400 incubates at a period of 4 hours while Coronavirus COVID-19 incubates between two to 14 days; some sources also report it can take up to 21 days to incubate.
  • COVID-19 outbreak started in 2019 and not 2020 like it is about Wuhan-400
  • The page from The Eyes of Darkness that made round the news seems to be from a later edition as the first edition of this book published in 1981 made no reference to Wuhan but a Russian city, Gorki.
  • The writer of the book indicated his book as fiction and never in any way labelled it a prediction; it was a story of a woman who wanted to know the secret behind her son’s mysterious death.

Other claims we see flying all over social media is that the African gene is immune to Coronavirus and this is also not true. No disease has been reported not to affect a specific set of people. It doesn’t matter your skin colour, you need to take adequate preventive measures just like everyone else.

  • Coronavirus is not a deadly infection; deadly in the sense that it is a mild infection and not severe. While it is ravaging many countries, it is not a death sentence. There are more deadly infections like Ebola which the world had contended with several times and defeated.
  • The fatality rate of Coronavirus is 2% which means that 98% of victims have chances of survival if handled properly.
  • Coronavirus knows no boundary, it can affect anyone regardless. The human system is the same and Coronavirus will have as much effect on Africans as it has on a Chinese.

There isn’t any cure for Coronavirus yet but there are some preventive measures you can take. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here is what to do

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wearing a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemask is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility.)
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly healthy.
What should be a Christian’s approach to situations like this?
  • Don’t panic! Although COVID-19 sounds new, nothing is new. We must understand that panic solves no problem and therefore prayer and trust in God are still how to approach challenging situations like this.
  • Don’t speak fear! While we must admit that there is an outbreak, we shouldn’t speak as people without hope. We already have negative news at hand and we need to approach it with a positive mindset.
  • Take precautions! When Jesus noticed that he was about to be stoned to death, he escaped. Taking precaution isn’t a sign of lack of faith, faith doesn’t dismiss the reality, faith means trusting God even in the face of challenges, and it doesn’t mean staying where you should escape. Follow all the precautionary measures that have been listed by experts.
  • Don’t judge! This isn’t the time to start a blame game. I saw a video trending online where a woman was eating insects and uncooked meats; she isn’t Chinese but looks like one. Many blamed the Chinese people’s choice of food using very judgmental words to address the situation. We do not need to start pointing accusing fingers on anyone; the fight belongs to all of us.
  • Say the truth! If you notice anyone who seems to be having symptoms of Coronavirus, don’t hide it. Some people are scared of quarantine but this is the best option that we have if we must curtail the spread. Encourage people to seek medical attention and also report to the necessary authorities in your country.
  • Pray! Prayer is still how it happens. Peace is the result of reliance on God. We need to keep praying for others including countries where this virus has been reported. We pray because we trust God and there is the calmness that comes in the place of trust in God. We may be uncertain about tomorrow but we are certain about God’s love.

NOTE: This article has been updated to reflect the author’s current view of the virus and the possibility that it was created in the lab.