The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has confirmed in a press conference that the coronavirus that causes the Covid-19 diseasehas a natural origin, thus denying that it came from a laboratory as has been rumored.

Asked about an interview in which someone claimed that the virus had been artificially created in a laboratory, Ghebreyesus has confirmed that the virus “it happened naturally”. “All the publications we have seen suggest that it is something that has been generated naturally“, has assured.

Fight misinformation

On the other hand, this week the institution urged countries to combat disinformation and denialist discourses of the coronavirus because it “puts people’s lives and health at risk”, while “destroying trust in science, in institutions and in health systems.”

“The false information is hindering the response to the pandemic, so we must join forces to fight her and promote information based on scientific evidence and public health, “Ghebreyesus said.

Several United Nations agencies have come together to launch a message against disinformation and denialist messages of the coronavirus that increasingly find more echo in social networks and the internet.

“The same principles that we apply to respond to the virus we must apply to combat the coronavirus pandemic, we must apply them to fight the disinformation pandemic“, asserted the WHO.