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What's wrong with the theory of the emergence of coronavirus from space

There are many unusual origin theories SARS-CoV-2 - the virus responsible for the COVID-19 coronavirus. From claims that the virus is a biological weapon, to incredible hypotheses in which 5G towers were blamed for the emergence of the coronavirus. But there is one theory of origin COVID-19so unusual that in comparison with her everythingothers seem boring: speculation that the coronavirus came from space. In this article, I'll talk about this surprisingly strange idea and its equally strange history. Scientists have substantiated everything so well that for a moment you even think that this is true. But it's not that simple.

If the coronavirus came from space, it would mean that there is life

The theory of the "space" virus is the resultthe work of a group of British researchers, in particular Edward Steele and Chandra Wickramasinghe. They have already published ten articles on this topic since the beginning of the pandemic and I have read them all. So that you do not have to do this, I'll get straight to the point.

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  • 1 Coronavirus came from space?
  • 2 What is panspermia?
  • 3 Are there microbes in space?
  • 4 Should we believe the theories about coronavirus?

The coronavirus came from space?

Scientists Suggest COVID-19 Has Arrived on Earthon a meteor that was seen as a bright fireball over Songyuan City in northeastern China on October 11, 2019. They speculate that the meteor could have been "a fragile and carbonaceous meteorite carrying a load of trillions of viruses / bacteria and other cells." Although the authors admit that the meteor was seen more than 2,000 km northeast of Wuhan, where the first cases of COVID-19 were recorded, they believe that another meteor fragment has simply arrived there.

A larger meteorite could easily crack to fire and the appearance of a fireball. Our guess is that the meteor that fell 2,000 km north of Wuhan was just one of several large meteorite debris.

However, this theory has no evidence. Firstly, there is no evidence that another meteorite fell somewhere in China at the same time. There is no evidence that viruses or bacteria (or any other life) exist in space. But at the same time, the theory of life (and disease) from space is not new. It is called panspermia, and several researchers, including Steele and Wickramasinghe, have defended it for decades.

What is panspermia?

Panspermia Is, in a broad sense, the idea that life withfrom its very beginning, it came to Earth from space and continues to exist. This concept was widespread in ancient Greece, but it was modernized by the work of two astronomers: Fred Hoyle (1915-2001) and Chandra Wickramasinghe.

Some scientists believe that life on Earth originated from space. And while this cannot be ruled out

Hoyle was a renowned astronomer who participated in many discussions throughout his career. He is perhaps best known for coining the term "Big Bang" - although, unlike the overwhelming majority of his colleagues, he never recognized the validity of the Big Bang theory. Wickramasinghe was Hoyle's student.

With the help of panspermia, scientists tried to explainhow interstellar dust absorbs light. They noticed that if the dust was composed of bacteria, this would lead to the observed pattern of light absorption. They eventually came up with the idea of ​​a galaxy full of microorganisms present in comets and meteors, as well as dust clouds.

By the way, don't consider them crazy. Firstly, the Big Bang most likely really happened. And scientists are gradually finding confirmation that bacteria live on other planets - for example, Venus.

Researchers believe that spacemicroorganisms are in a state of "waiting" and can return to life again if they arrive on a suitable planet such as Earth and possibly infect local creatures, including humans. Back in 1979, they suggested the interplanetary origin of several disease outbreaks, including 2003 SARS and influenza.

Are microbes in a state of "waiting" in space?

Are there microbes in space?

For me the idea of ​​a galaxy full of lifereally addicting. But I don't believe it, and the vast majority of scientists reject panspermia too. Although it was certainly a bold and creative idea. At its worst, it's good science fiction.

In 2015, a group of scientists from BuckinghamThe university sent a balloon up to 27 kilometers to collect samples of dust and other particles. A tiny metal sphere as thick as a human hair collided with the surface of a sample collector attached to the ball, leaving a small indentation. X-ray analysis of the sphere showed that it was made of titanium with traces of vanadium. This led the team to conclude that the sphere could well have been manufactured and unearthly origin.

However, recent attempts to explain COVID-19 coming out of space seem to me much lessinteresting and potentially dangerous. Coronavirus from space is a crazy hypothesis. Obviously, this theory is just an attempt to adapt COVID-19 to the existing model of panspermia - and there is nothing new or creative about it.

Should we believe the theories about coronavirus?

Honestly, even if you believe in panspermia, II do not understand why one can think that COVID-19 came from space. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is not some weird foreign pathogen. It is very similar to the first SARS virus and to the coronaviruses of various mammals, especially bats. So even if you believe in space viruses, this one is clearly has terrestrial origin.

In addition, the supporters of this theory suggestthat COVID-19 is not transmitted from person to person (or very rarely). Based on this belief, they speculated (in February) that COVID-19 would mainly affect China and that it would disappear once the dust cleared. They further wrote that it was pointless to look for a vaccine. It is clear that if someone took this idea seriously, it would be very dangerous for public health; fortunately, people are still thinking with their heads and developing vaccines.

On the other hand, the theory of coronavirus fromouter space is still more believable than some of the other models of the origin of COVID-19. For example, the theory that the coronavirus is caused by 5G signal transmission has even less scientific sense than the belief that it arrived on a meteor. In theory, a meteor can carry a virus, but radio waves cannot. So take off the foil hats, hang up.