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I am a behind when it comes to the conspiracy theory trends. Are western countries suggesting that the virus escaped from the lab because of negligence or that it was intentionally released as a bioweapon?

@AgreeableLandscape@lemmy.ml
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Both, depending on who you talk to

@yogthos
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Both theories are being actively promoted, with more mainstream outlets focusing on negligence but keeping the door open for bioweapon version.

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Trump, himself, claimed it after Q-Anon type spaces started saying it. “Wuhan Virus” was the far-right’s word for Covid for a loooong time, before being replaced by “China Flu”, and the conspiracy contributed to a lot of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US.

Some of the people who pushed the conspiracy still believe it, some don’t. But, the general consensus in the theory is that it was a bioweapon to cripple the US and/or kill off Chinese people because… ya know… “china bad”

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