Nobel laureate Professor Dr. Tasuku Honjo allegedly said that he is confident that the USA created the COVID-19 coronavirus, which is not a natural virus based on his research.
Find out what exactly did he say, and if it’s true that the USA created the COVID-19 coronavirus!
Claim : Tasuku Honjo Confident USA Created COVID-19!
Mir Monaz Haque, the Editor-In-Chief of Asia Today, posted this on 25 April 2020 :
Our Verdict : Complete Bullshit
This story is such complete bullshit and appears to be a bastardised version of the original hoax which blamed China.
- Professor Tasuku Honjo issued a statement refuting those claims.
- Professor Tasuku Honjo does not work on viruses, and has never said that the virus is artificial.
- Genomic analysis have proven that SARS-CoV-2 is a natural virus that is very closely-related to bat coronaviruses.
- Multiple strains in the USA would prove that it is not the origin of COVID-19 virus.
- The COVID-19 pandemic started in Wuhan, China… not Maryland, USA
Tasuku Honjo Confident USA Created COVID-19 : The Facts
For those who are thinking to themselves, “How do you know it’s fake? You were NOT there!“, here are the reasons why we know for sure…
Fact #1 : Viruses Can Spread In Cold + Warm Climates
While certain viruses spread better in warmer climates, other viruses spread better in colder climates.
The susceptibility of a virus to humidity and temperature depends on whether it has a lipid bilayer envelope or not.
The COVID-19 coronavirus is enveloped, and is thus more likely to spread better in cold, dry climates. But that doesn’t mean it cannot spread well in warm, humid climates.
Fact #2 : The COVID-19 Virus Is Natural, And Related To Bats
Genomic analysis have proven that the COVID-19 is natural, for these reasons :
- an artificial virus would have to be created from existing viruses and their genetic data
- the SARS-CoV-2 virus has components that have never been seen before
- it is very similar to existing bat coronaviruses.
Fact #3 : Professor Honjo Does Not Work On Viruses
Tasuku Honjo is a professor of Immunology and Genomic Medicine. He has only worked on immunology, not virology.
His 2018 Nobel Prize, in particular, was for his work on stimulating the immune system to attack tumour cells in cancer.
Fact #4 : Tasuku Honjo Issued A Statement On This Claim
Professor Honjo issued this statement through one of his PhD students :
Fact #5 : Tasuku Honjo Said COVID-19 Originated In China
In an interview with Nikkei Asian Review on 10 April 2020, Professor Tasuku Honjo said that COVID-19 originated in China, but also that it will be the first country to recover from it.
However, he never said that it was manufactured or created by China. Originating in a country, is quite different from creating it.
Fact #6 : Multiple Strains Denote A Later Time Line
Viruses mutate and create new strains over time. A novel virus like COVID-19 would start with a single strain and evolve into multiple strains as it spreads globally and mutate over time.
Hence, the very fact that there are five strains in the United States would actually refute it as the source of SARS-CoV-2 – the COVID-19 coronavirus.
In fact, by analysing the genomic changes of these strains, scientists have pretty much concluded that SARS-CoV-2 did indeed originate in China.
Fact #7 : Earliest COVID-19 Death In US Was In February 2020
The CDC did not wrongly diagnose COVID-19 deaths in the US from July to December 2019.
The earliest death from COVID-19 in the US was revised on 22 April 2020, with the diagnosis of three COVID-19 deaths in Santa Clara, California :
- a 57 year-old woman on 6 February 2020
- a 69 year-old man on 17 February 2020
- a 70 year-old man on 6 March 2020
Fact #8 : Fort Detrick Was Closed Because Of Sterilisation Plant Failure
The CDC temporarily shut down the US Army lab at Fort Detrick on 2 August 2019, after finding “biosafety lapses” there.
Conspiracy theorists pounced on that as “evidence” that COVID-19 may have leaked from Fort Detrick, but a quick check would reveal that :
- the shutdown was ordered because the lab was no longer able to decontaminate wastewater from its highest security labs.
- the lab’s steam sterilisation plant was damaged in a flood in May 2018, and they had been using a chemical decontamination method instead.
- no disease-causing materials were found outside authorised areas
- if SARS-CoV-2 leaked from Fort Detrick, Maryland would have been the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak, not Wuhan.
Fact #9 : SARS-CoV-2 Is Just ONE Of Many Coronaviruses
Conspiracy theorists keep saying that coronavirus deaths were reported long before SARS-CoV-2 appeared in Wuhan.
But the fact of the matter is – SARS-CoV-2 is merely one of many coronaviruses in the world, including SARS and MERS!
The earliest cases of COVID-19 have so far been traced back to Wuhan, China.
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