False. Whilst neither the origin nor patient zero have been identified, COVID-19 is thought to have originated from wildlife.
A video on YouTube states that there numerous conspiracy theories”including that Covid-19 could have originated from a comet.
This is false. Covid-19 is caused by a coronavirus (SARS-COV-2), genetically related to SARS and MERS which caused previous outbreaks in 2003 and 2012.
As we have previously written, whilst the origin of the virus (SARS-COV-2) has not been confirmed, it is thought to be a natural virus and was not engineered in a lab.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) this coronavirus probably has an ecological reservoir in bats. As the Lancet concludes, ‘Scientists from around the world overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife.’