There were many theories around the COVID-19 outbreak. Some found the outbreak predicted in novels from years ago, while there were also scenes from movies being shared which talk about the virus. While many such conspiracy theories were invented since the COVID-19 outbreak, Professor of Astrobiology, Chandra Wickramasinghe, from the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, is stating that the virus came to the world from the meteor that exploded over China in October 2019.

The footage of the meteor in question has also been recorded in a number of cameras. The meteor has flown like a fireball across the Eastern Chinese sky around 12.16 in the morning in October 12. It has illuminated the night sky for a moment, and it is assumed that it exploded in the sky.

The space rock — which reportedly shone so brightly that it made the night sky look light day — is thought to have disintegrated in the atmosphere

According to the professor, the explosion should have spread over trillions of virus particles in the form of minute carbonic dust particles. Further, he states that this was one way in which epidemics in early years spread. Also, according to him, the direction of the winds are parallel to the countries that have been worst affected.

From here, the virus has spread along “a global band of between 40–60° latitude north”, with all the “main strong cases” appearing “exactly along that range”, he said.

The virus has spread by the prevailing winds along ‘a global band of between 40–60° latitude north’, with all the ‘main strong cases’ appearing ‘exactly along that range’, Professor Wickramasinghe said. Experts have dismissed the claim that the virus could be spread by the air — noting that, even if it did, it would thin out travelling international distances

The scenario that he is explaining is scientifically described as ‘panspermia’. Panspermia is “the hypothesis that life exists throughout the Universe, distributed by space dust, meteoroids, asteroids, comets, planetoids, and also by spacecraft carrying unintended contamination by microorganisms”.

However, scientists are denying this claim, saying that this virus is similar to other known viruses.

Despite these claims, Professor Wickramasinghe, a leading proponent of the panspermia hypothesis since the mid 1970s, continues to support his claim. He also proposed a similar claim when the SARS outbreak happened.

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