The origin of the pandemic causing SARS-CoV-2 remains unknown to date. However, there are two major theories that have surfaced in the time that we have suffered from the novel Coronavirus. The first theory traces the virus’s origin to bats where the virus festered and mutated to being able to affect humans, and the second being China’s deliberate leak of the virus in a lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where the first outbreak was reported.
The mysterious origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has turned the lab-leak hypothesis into a full-fledged conspiracy theory. According to the article from Wall Street Journal, three researchers at the Wuhan Institute for Virology sought medical help before the coronavirus outbreak was reported in 2019.
The Coronavirus Family
The coronavirus seems to be following the pattern of its ancestors. It is noteworthy that :
- SARS coronavirus was spilled into humans from horseshoe bats in 2002.
- MERS coronavirus was spilled from camels in 2012.
- Related coronaviruses have been identified in wild bats.
Before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean
SARS-CoV-2’s existence is in line with the previous coronaviruses. How does the lab-leak theory factor in?
Research shows that the binding of SARS-CoV-2 with ACE2 protein found on human cell surfaces is biochemically unideal, which encourages one to consider the hypothesis of genetic manipulation by Chinese scientists. However, factoring in the biology of viruses and their natural progression makes it possible for the SARS-CoV-2 virus to mutate and affect humans.
History suggests that natural viral spillovers have been happening since the beginning of dawn, Ebola, for instance, was first reported in 1976 and is finally treatable. Manual probing or natural mutation are both equal contenders when the adaptability and the origin of the coronavirus are in question.
The baseless hypothesis of lab-leak theory has surfaced during the spike in violence against Asian people in the USA which seems to have worsened due to the gaslighting and political manipulation that this blame game has enabled.
The lab-leak hypothesis lacks evidence and uses China as a scapegoat to absolve humanity’s mistakes without guilt. Forests in Australia were in flames, the occurrence of natural disasters quadrupled, glaciers melted, and animals took to the streets while their habitats were destroyed to build skyscrapers, all this was already happening through 2019. Then, Why does the sudden occurrence of a global virus outbreak shock us? Like climate change denialism, the lab-leak theory is a way to duck from taking responsibility for another man-made mess.