“It looks like conspiracy theorists on both sides have not really provided any compelling evidence that SARS-CoV-2 was produced in a laboratory, whether in the U.S., in China, or in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.” – Decoding 2019 Novel Coronavirus by Maj Dr. Ebenezer Kwakye Agyemang.
Since the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, a number of attempts have been made by experts, researchers and the political elite to explain away its origin, transmission, intent and impact. There is also the explosion of conspiracy theories of which states, researchers, international and corporate entities, the UN, the World Bank, philanthropists and even the Papacy have not been spared. The viral outbreak is even perceived as an attempt by the powerful not only to reduce global population but to expand their control of the world. The book has been written to expand the understanding of the reader on these critical issues about SARS-CoV-2 which have become very concerning.
The book starts with Alerts and Warnings ignored which was quite revealing and a bit sad to read about. Knowing we could have reduced the number of infections if we had acted faster is upsetting. But we can always learn from our mistakes.
The book is very informative and gives us a lot of clarification on various topics related to Coronavirus. For eg: I never knew the difference between pandemic, epidemic and endemic until now. I also never knew that WHO has all the strategies in place on how to react to each of these different outbreaks. Timeline of how the virus spread is also given. Most of the data is mentioned using graphs, tables and charts which makes it easy to understand.
The book also covers the various conspiracies surrounding the coronavirus and vaccines being developed. Each fact mentioned is supported with references which helps us to verify the data. The author says that “The main problem with any particular conspiracy theory is not that it’s wrong, but that it’s inarguable; not that it’s false, but that it is unfalsifiable.” That is so true! It is so easy to start a conspiracy theory but the effect and impact it has on normal people is profound.
The only downside I felt was that the book was too long for my liking. And there were a few repetitions. Some of the facts are repeated twice and even thrice at times. There were also a few explanations unrelated to the coronavirus which I felt was unnecessary.
Otherwise, it’s a great book to keep yourself informed and understand what is happening around the world.
My Rating: 3.5⭐/5.