The conspiracy on social media claiming that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is behind the creation of the coronavirus pandemic is false.
However, there is no factual basis for any of these theories, since the virus' natural origins have been overwhelmingly supported by researchers and there is no credible evidence to support the claim that Gates will stand to personally benefit from a vaccine. Although the exact cause or origin has not been traced yet, much like the previous coronavirus, SARS-CoV that originated in 2003 from an animal reservoir, SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 is also thought to have jumped from an animal species to humans and then spread further.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.