Danie Toerien
2 minute read
3 Mar 2020
3:05 pm

I smell a Covid-19 conspiracy theory rat

Danie Toerien

There’s now even conspiracy theories about the first conspiracy theories.

This illustration, created at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion when viewed electron microscopically. Picture: Alissa Eckert and Dan Higgins

Collecting stamps or doing ballroom dancing has never tickled my fancy. In fact, I’m not a hobby person at all. But if there’s one thing I don’t mind spending hours on, it’s conspiracy theories – of any kind. Maybe it’s got something to do with the fact that I was one year old when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin supposedly walked on the moon. Or perhaps my grandpa’s photo album from World War II, with black-and-white pictures he took of those fantastical, giant structures most probably built by aliens up in Egypt. For conspiracy theorists like me, the internet and...