There is a conspiracy theory that is running around very fast which portrays this Coronavirus which began in Wuhan may be linked to two laboratories of the Chinese bio-warfare program. This story is making the news but it appears to be just a coincidence at this time. The laboratory is the only declared site in China that is capable of working with deadly viruses. The death rate is inconsequential for a bio-weapon. Those that die are typically weak in health, to begin with. If we take the reported number of people infected, 1300, and 41 deaths reported, the death rate is about 3% which is not inconsistent with other flu epidemics.
In 2003 and 2004, the SARS epidemic killed nearly 10% of the 8,096 people infected in 29 countries who fell ill. A total of 774 people died, according to the World Health Organization. MERS (2012) is even more deadly, claiming about 30% of people it infects. An effective bio-weapon must have a death rate of at least 33% to be considered possibly viable. For example, the death rates range from 25% to 75% for gastrointestinal anthrax and can reach up to 90–100% if anthrax is inhaled. That is the difference with a bio-weapon.
This version of Coronavirus appears to be natural so far. China has even shared the genetic code with the rest of the world. They certainly would not do that if this was a bio-weapon. I have been checking all of my sources on this issue given the rising conspiracy theories running around. It appears to be perfectly a natural cycle at this time.
Therefore, the hype over this Coronavirus seems to be exaggerated. It does not appear to be something that is linked to the bio-weapons lab, for that would be far more lethal. There are other claims running around that China is under-reporting the number of infections claiming a nurse says its more like 90,000 infected. Even if that were true and not again a major distortion, then a 3% death rate would mean there should be 2700 people who have died. This does not yet support these rumors. Even if the death certificates say “viral pneumonia” rather than “Coronavirus” may under-report the death rate, there still does not seem to be a massive death rate that would be associated with a bio-weapon.
There is the issue of smuggling viruses out of Canada to China. They certainly would be exploring the possible gene-editing and other cutting-edge technology and integration to raise the specter of such pathogens being weaponized. However, this comes back to the death rate. So far this is within the normal spectrum of the flu with 2%-3%. If the death rate exceeds 20%, then it is time to consider the bio-weapons angle.
I have had this rumor for several days. I will not publish something that seems to be to be baseless. I am not here to sell advertising on this site so there is no need to post outlandish headlines to get people to click so we make more from advertising. I try to provide reliable information – just the facts. There appears to be an effort to use China’s transparency against them.
The other conspiracy theory is that governments are creating viruses to force people into abandoning paper money. Paper money can be a hospitable environment for viruses and bacteria which can live on most surfaces for about 48 hours. Paper money, however, some claim can reportedly transport a live flu virus for up to 17 days. It’s enough to make you switch to credit cards at least. I have not found that scenario being discussed behind the curtain.
Australian dollar notes are made of a polymer, which has a waxy feel, while the banknotes of the U.S. and several other countries are made of cotton fiber paper. Australia was the first country to introduce polymer banknotes back in 1988, which have been adopted by other countries such as Canada and Vietnam. Because they are Polymer-based banknotes, they are “cleaner,” meaning more resistant to dirt and bacteria, than cotton-based ones. Therefore, the solution would be not to eliminate cash, but to move to polymer.