Fact Check: No proof coronavirus was deliberately made in laboratory

Fact Check: No proof coronavirus was deliberately made in laboratory

Claims that author Dean Koontz predicted the coronavirus in a novel have been circulating on social media. Briefly.co.za explores the allegation that the disease is a man-made biological weapon.

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A post has been doing the rounds on social media hinting that the coronavirus was deliberately created in a laboratory.

Dr Sibongile Walaza, an epidemiologist, spoke to Cape Talk FM about the claim that has since gone viral.

The post references author Dean Koontz's novel The Eyes of Darkness, in which he predicts the coronavirus.

Koontz refers to a man-made biological weapon that originated in Wuhan, a district in China that is now believed to be the epicentre of the outbreak.

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Walaza, who works at the Centre for Respiratory Diseases and Meningitis at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, weighed in.

The doctor debunked the novel's 100% fatality rate, pointing out that only 2% of infected patients have died as a result of the virus.

As for the suggestion that the virus had been deliberately created, the epidemiologist is unconvinced:

"There’s nothing to suggest that this was created in a lab by humans. It’s droplet-spread. Stay away from sick people."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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