As the pandemic runs its course with its pretty awful consequences currently hitting China the hardest, (I’ll come to that later) anti science seems just too easy to find on the internet. Frustrated by global circumnavigation, those with flat earth tendencies have shifted their thinking to virology, now claiming that viruses don’t even exist. The Naked Scientist (Yes really!) opines:
“..most if not all sicknesses and diseases are the consequence of personal choices that leads to the over-acidification of the interstitial fluids”.
Like so many of these terrible websites, they provide opportunities for you to waste lots of money with products which purport to do what your own wonderful kidneys do so well. And of course provide the usual scapegoat…..
“The conception of the virus is just a money making scam which provides pharmaceutical companies with the opportunity to make billions of dollars from gullible people who will buy chemical concoctions which supposedly kill said ‘viruses’ “.Pity the poor sod responsible for this gem in the comments: “How do [viruses] attack? They have no eyes, legs, arms, ears, nose or brain to think out a strategy”. Wow! I don’t suppose they the wherewithal to go out to buy a gun either! What else might this poor sod think?
A “PhD scientist” goes on…“the whole thing was a hoax to force people to take vaccines as part of a TRANSHUMANIST AGENDA!” The publication refers to naturopathy, a speciality that has on occasion advised patients to forego cancer treatment in favour of so called alternative remedies. In other words, kills people.They claim the pandemic’s victims are due to defects in the resistance of the body which so weakened by choices, pollution and external factors that it generates its own viral infections, levering the “Terrain Theory” to absurd levels.
I sometimes think of how to debunk this sort of stuff in one paragraph.
The one that leaps to mind is the devastation of the Americas when newly introduced bacteria and viruses from Europe reduced the population of that continent by an estimated 90%, about 100,000,000 people, with chicken pox and measles vastly exceeding deaths from savage violence. Despite early reports from the first invaders on the incredible health and vitality of the population, which suggested an excellent internal “Terrain” they were devastated by infections imported from Europe. The Terrain Theory goes ‘pop’.
This is all very amusing, apart from the fact that 64,000 have viewed the post, not counting tweets and shares on many other platforms. Hopefully, like me, 63,999 will see it as a hilarious level of fanciful thinking, but some will be believing and sharing this nonsense and so experiencing a sort of ‘reverse education event’. There are others, a nutty, yet famous media doctor (former – she has been struck off) ) who believes that the Rabies virus doesn’t exist. She has a You Tube following (victims) of over 300,000. How much science education has this single person undone?
I hope that answers the question “Do viruses exist”? This has not been seriously asked since viruses were discovered as infections agents that could pass through porcelain filters impermeable to the smallest bacteria, and readily shown to transmit infection from one cell or organism to another. The world is not flat and yes, viruses do exist.