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The COVID-19 is a man-made virus which was made in a virology lab in Wuhan, China.

COVID-19 is a man-made virus is one of the conspiracies that have appeared since its outbreak, but evidence suggests that it has a natural origin.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in its report said that the origin and spread of COVID-19 were first found in Wuhan, China. It suggested that the outbreak might have spread from animal-to-person, and the viruses have their origins in bats.

Additionally, the statement of Scientists published on the Lancet website said that they strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin. It also pointed to various publications from other countries which concluded that the COVID-19 originated in wildlife and spread to humans.

Also, the Government of Guangzhou had mentioned in a handbook about the source of the COVID-19. It said the source of COVID-19 has not yet been found, and most of the cases were exposed to Seafood Market.

Thus the above sources imply that the COVID-19 is not man-made, in some laboratory, but has a natural origin unless new pieces of evidence based on credible researches are made available to prove otherwise.

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.

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