Knowing the origins of COVID would certainly be helpful in understanding and preparing for the risks of future new virus risks, and the expert consensus seems to be that COVID was introduced through mutations encouraged by cross species infections.
But that best guess falls far short of absolute proof (which we seldom have for anything) and therefore leaves plenty of room for people to rally around other theories - especially conspiracy theories that allow them to throw out contradictory information because it is all lies told by evil (world controlling) elites.
As long as we have people who question the existence of dinosaurs, claim men never landed on the moon, believe that 9/11 was an "inside job", we will also have people who are absolutely sure that COVID was a Chinese bioweapon. 🙄
I don't know how valuable that actually is. We know COVID can and has spread and mutated across species. We knew that before this outbreak even, in fact that's kinda why they were studying it in the labs.
We also know even with irrefutable proof some people will still make up conspiracy theories and other stupidity, so its not like it really changes much of anything. We know there were several potential vectors and so all of it should be used to try and prevent future ones, including making sure labs can't either intentionally or unintentionally be the source.
I am convinced the Chinese government had some hanky panky going on. The question is, what? Because I am not entirely convinced it was experimenting with COVID. Could they? Maybe. Again, the Chinese government is less than forthcoming.
At this point, does it really matter? There is no conclusive proof of anything, and at this point, I doubt there ever will be. Every "smoking gun" article is full of inaccuracies or outright lies.
As personal opinion, I would be surprised if China wasn't experimenting with biological weaponry. Even if there is no conclusive proof. But whether China was experimenting with biological weaponry or not, I doubt they meant to release something like COVID into the wild that hurt them just as much as it hurt everyone else.
Wait, you aren't convinced they were experimenting with COVID? It is absolute objective fact they were. The supposed question is if they maliciously intentionally released it a version they had intentionally engineered.
I agree, but questioning basic facts is absurd. Its not a conspiracy, in fact its a good thing that we study such horrible diseases.
I don't think there's any doubt about that, but then I doubt the US isn't doing that as well so.
This is not complicated. The key points:
1) China is no more or less evil than they were before this shit (pro tip: they are terrible and evil and generally the enemy). They are in it for China. They will fuck over the entire world right up to the point that it negatively affects them. The US government tolerates them because some asshats made them a key part of US cheap manufacturing back in the 70s and 80s. If you thought they were a good partner before covid-19, you are delusional. Stop being a dumbass. Unfortunately, really stupid people didn't understand the TPP and we are still stuck with China.
Regardless of the origins of covid-19, China should be treated the same as always. They are not friendly beyond the fact that they like our money. Full stop.
2) Some people think that there is some sort of "gotcha" and that Faucci personally benefited and allowed China to weaponize Covid-19 and therefore he was the problem with the pandemic. That evidence does not exist. And it has no bearing at all on the fact that it rolled across the planet because some people are too fucking dumb to listen to experts.
3) Smart people realize that the source of a pandemic is not as important as how we respond to it. If we follow guidelines and rules put forth by people who know what they are talking about, we can prevent the spread of any virus and the outcomes can be managed. The source of the virus did not make our inept administration struggle with what to do. Those partisan fucks decided what to do to maximize the benefits to them and their corrupt party. 2 hours of youtube videos does not give you (or the dumbass who made the video) the same expertise as someone who studies viruses all day for decades.
Ignoring the goddamn scientists is the exact opposite of how your respond to a fucking pandemic.
Write that down.
It will be important again at some point.
1.) The problem is there's a significant chunk of Americans who are as evil and out to intentionally harm Americans as the Chinese. We don't even need China to do anything because of how many Americans are willing to fuck the rest of us over.