New Delhi, February 18, 2020: A social media post went viral two days back. It displayed an excerpt from 1981 thriller novel ‘The Eyes of Darkness’. The literary piece predicted the current coronavirus outbreak. Moreover, 40 years back! The bestselling suspense novel was written by author Dean Koontz. For it tells about a Chinese military lab. Under biological weapon program it develops a virus that gets leaked.
Is Coranavirus a biological Weapon developed by the Chinese called Wuhan -400? This book was published in 1981. Do read the excerpt. pic.twitter.com/Qdep1rczBe
— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) February 16, 2020
In chapter 39 of his book, Koontz writes about a laboratory. Located in Wuhan, the lab creates a virus. Also, it was named Wuhan-400. Congress leader Manish Tewari tweeted excerpts from this book on Sunday. In his tweets, Tewari hypothesized that coronavirus appears to be man made.
US Senator Tom Cotton has also stressed coronavirus to be an engineered strain. According to him, ongoing spread of virus is connected to research. Moreover, few miles away from Wuhan’s market is China’s only Biosafety level 4 laboratory. The super lab researches human infections and works on virus like Ebola. On top of that, cellular Level Biosafety Level 4 facility is highly secured. Furthermore, the facility works on researching dangerous pathogens.
Scientists debunked the theory
Scientists believe, it is highly unlikely that the virus is man made. They said, there is nothing in the virus that suggests it has been engineered. So far, the disease, COVID-19 has claimed 1,873 lives China. The global death toll has reached 1,886. Simultaneously, the virus has infected 73, 325 people in around 35 countries.
Keep a watch
Several symptoms can indicate the infection from the virus. These include runny nose, headache, sore throat, cough, and fever. It can also lead to respiratory infections like pneumonia and bronchitis. These symptoms can appear in a day or two after contracting an infection. Sometimes these remain dormant for around 14 days after the exposure.
Prevention is the cure
To prevent coronavirus infection, one should wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. In case of unavailability of soap, hand sanitizer can be used. Also avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Simultaneously keeping distance with people who are sick is essential. In case of sickness, one should avoid going to public places as the illness could spread in others.