The editorial staff of the online media outlet wek.ru recommends readers to be calm, stay at home and refrain from visiting public places unless necessary. It is important to remember that there have been plenty of epidemics. Ultimately, everything ends, but then recovering the nervous system takes a very long time.
The global pandemic of the novel coronavirus is unlikely to slow down. As of Monday, April 13, over 1.86 mln cases were recorded. Almost 115,000 of them were fatal.
Back in January 2020, when information about COVID-19 only began to come into the spotlight of world media in connection with its outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the first different rumors that this virus might have been created artificially started to appear. Some called it the result of unsuccessful experiments of Chinese scientists. Others complained of negligence when working with new strains of viruses in a laboratory at Wuhan University. It is considered one of the largest labs in the country. Still others who were overpowered by general panic. They spread the information from the category of conspiracy theories. They stated that COVID-19 was not just made by people, but also for a very specific purpose – according to some publications, the virus was created as a weapon.
Certainly, it is difficult to believe in things of this kind. Especially since the outbreak of COVID-19 is not the first in the history of mankind. Previously, epidemics of SARS, MERS and other infections had been recorded. However, some media are publishing rather strange reports. They claim that the United States has allegedly arrested a scientist who is likely to be the developer of a new strain of the coronavirus turning the whole world upside down.
According to some publications, such as EADaily, LugaNews and others, Dr. Charles Lieber, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, was arrested in the United States. Reportedly, Lieber was in close contact with Wuhan University in China, the epicenter of the coronavirus. Allegedly, those acquaintances of him are connected exactly with COVID-19. In addition, sources claim that Lieber was arrested directly in his university office.
Interestingly, the publications do not cite the source of that information in their articles. However, it was not difficult to find it. For example, the U.S. press did write about an investigation conducted by the authorities against the well-known chemist Charles Lieber who had been charged with lying about his Chinese connections, from whom he had received hundreds of thousands of dollars. Specifically, The BostonGlobe carried a story about it.
Meanwhile, all the claims of the U.S. prosecutor's office to Lieber is that he had large grants in the USA and directly at Harvard, but concealed the fact of receiving funds from China. However, Wuhan, the coronavirus and other relevant details are not mentioned in these reports.
In other words, against the background of the pressing character of the topic of the coronavirus pandemic, the press found another reason to heighten the readers’ interest to something that just looks like “breaking news.” The editorial staff of the online media outlet wek.ru recommends readers to remain calm, stay at home and refrain from visiting public places unless necessary. It is important to remember that there were plenty of epidemics. Ultimately, everything ends, but then recovering a nervous system takes a very long time.