The Wuhan Coronavirus Autobeliever Checklist

As a Coronavirus Autobeliever I am comfortable accepting all these statements of facts by the government, media, and scientists.

  • Germ theory is true
  • viruses exist
  • viruses are a pathogen
  • viruses are a cause of disease
  • viruses invade a host
  • viruses are infectious, they spread from one animal to another
  • viruses are an infectious agent
  • viruses are contagious
  • viruses are made from DNA or RNA
  • it’s not strychnine
  • it’s not arsenic
  • it’s not any other poison
  • it’s not fear from the threat
  • it’s not extreme stress
  • it’s not psychosomatic
  • viruses have a protein coat
  • sometimes viruses have an envelope of lipids
  • shapes of virus particles are helical and icosahedral
  • viruses have speces species
  • viruses have virions
  • virions are too small to be seen with an optical microscope
  • average virion is about one one-hundredth the size of the average bacterium.
  • viruses are a means of horizontal gene transfer
  • horizontal gene transfer is real
  • viruses cause horizontal gene transfer that increase genetic diversity
  • viruses reproduce
  • viruses evolve
  • viruses don’t have a cell structure
  • viruses are sometimes described to be living and sometimes not
  • plants get viruses
  • insects spread viruses between plants and animals
  • viruses are carried by blood-sucking insects
  • some viruses are spread by coughing and sneezing
  • some viruses are spread by poop
  • some viruses are spread by sex
  • viruses can be spread to a narrow or broad range of hosts
  • viral infections provoke immune response
  • immune response can eliminated a virus
  • vaccines can cause an immune response
  • vaccines can confer an immunity to a virus
  • some viruses can evade an immune response
  • antibiotics have no effect on viruses
  • antiviral drugs are real
  • antiviral drugs do what they say they will do
  • antiviral drugs treat viral infections
  • antiviral drugs can be specific
  • antiviral drugs can be broad-spectrum
  • antiviral drugs do not destroy their target
  • antiviral drugs inhibit the development of viruses
  • antiviral drugs are an antimicrobial
  • antiviral drugs are considered relatively harmless to the host
  • antivirals also can be found in essential oils of some herbs
  • antiviral drugs are not the same as a viricide
  • viricides destroy or deactivate a virus
  • Lysol is a viricide
  • Louis Pasteur speculated about a pathogen too small to be seen by a microscope
  • bacteriophages are a virus
  • bacteriophages infect bacteria
  • bacteriophages replicate within a bacterium
  • genomes exist
  • genes exist
  • viruses are a genome or have genomes
  • viruses have genes
  • virus genomes encode between 4 or 100 genes
  • bacteriophages inject a genome into cytoplasm
  • cytoplasm is real
  • cytoplasm is a gel-like substance
  • cytoplasm is in a cell membrane
  • genes can be switched on or off
  • viruses can be grown
  • viruses can be grown on a large scale
  • scientists grow viruses
  • scientists grew polio virus in cultured human embryo cells
  • polio virus is real
  • cultured human embryo cells are real
  • viruses can be imaged using electron microscopy
  • electron microscopes are real
  • viruses can be crystalized
  • a crystalized virus can be studied in more depth
  • Bernal and Fankuchen produced pictures of a virus with X-ray diffraction
  • X-ray diffraction is real
  • X-ray diffraction produces pictures
  • X-ray crystallography is a tool used for identifying the atomic and molecular structure of a crystal
  • a crystallographer can produce a three-dimensional picture of the density of electrons within the crystal
  • viruses can be purified
  • virus RNA and its protein coat can assemble by themselves
  • viruses a created within their host cells
  • thousands of speces of viruses have been discovered by scientists
  • retroviruses are a single-stranded positive-sense RNA virus
  • retroviruses are real
  • single-stranded positive-sense RNA are real
  • retroviruses have a DNA intermediate
  • DNA intermediates are real
  • retroviruses are an obligate parasite
  • viruses have a reverse transcriptase enzyme
  • reverse transcriptase enzymes are real
  • viruses use reverse transcriptase enzyme to produce DNA
  • viruses produce DNA from its RNA genome
  • virus DNA is incorporated into the host cell genome
  • a provirus is a virus genome
  • proviruses are real
  • viruses have integrase enzyme
  • integrase enzyme is real
  • DNA can be transcribed into RNA
  • RNA can be translated into protein
  • retroviruses can reverse-trandscribe
  • viruses can be isolated
  • scientists isolated viruses
  • the origin of viruses is unclear
  • viruses are found wherever there is life
  • viruses don’t form fossils
  • viral genetic material may occasionally integrate into the germline of the host organisms
  • viruses can be passed to the hosts offspring
  • viruses can be passed to the hosts offspring for many generations
  • paleovirologists trace back ancient viruses
  • viruses have existed millions of years ago
  • there are three main hypotheses that aim to explain the origins of viruses
  • there are viral and host DNA sequences
  • DNA sequences can be analyzed on computers
  • viroids are infectious pathogens
  • viroids are real
  • viroids are larger than prions
  • prions are real
  • viroids are single-stranded RNA without protein coats
  • single-stranded RNA is real
  • protein coats are real
  • prions are misfolded proteins
  • proteins can be misfolded
  • prions transmit their misfolded shape
  • viruses reproduce by creating multiple copies of themselves
  • viruses reproduce with self-assembly
  • viruses have a wide diversity of shapes and sizes
  • virus diameter is between 20 and 300 nanometres
  • some filoviruses have a total length of up to 1400 nm
  • filoviruses diameters are only about 80 nm
  • filoviruses are real
  • some filoviruses are highly lethal
  • scanning and transmission electron microscopes are used to visualise virions
  • electron-dense stains are used to visualize viruses
  • solutions of salts of heavy metals are to visualize viruses
  • virions are coated with stain
  • a virion consists of nucleic acid surrounded by a protective coat of protein called a capsid
  • a capsid is a protein shell of a virus
  • capsids are real
  • virally coded protein subunits will self-assemble to form a capsid
  • capsid and entire virus structure can be mechanically physically probed through atomic force microscopy
  • atomic force microscopy is real
  • atomic force microscopy can visualize a virus
  • poxviruses are large
  • poxviruses are real
  • the NCBI Virus genome database has more than 75,000 complete genome sequences
  • viral genomes can be single-stranded
  • viral genomes can be double-stranded
  • single-stranded genomes are an unpaired nucleic acid
  • unpaired nucleic acid exist
  • double-stranded genomes are two complementary paired nucleic acids
  • complementary paired nucleic acids exist
  • viruses have genetic mutation
  • genetic mutation is real
  • DNA and RNA have antigenic drift
  • antigenic drift is real
  • antigenic shift is real
  • epidemics are rapid spread of infectious disease to a large number of people in a given population within a short period of time
  • viruses cause epidemic
  • a pandemic an epidemic of infectious disease that has spread through human populations across a large region
  • viruses cause pandemic
  • endemic infection is maintained in the population without the need for external inputs
  • viruses cause endemic infection
  • viruses cause Bubonic plague
  • Bubonic plague is carried by rats
  • Bubonic plague is real
  • viruses can cause lifelong or chronic infections
  • Epidemiology is used to break the chain of infection in populations during outbreaks of viral diseases
  • Epidemiology works
  • quarantine works
  • viruses have incubation periods
  • viruses have latency
  • viruses killed unknown amounts of Native American up to 70%
  • viruses were used intentionally as a weapon by Europeans
  • viruses cause cancer
  • viruses have been useful in the study of genetics
  • virotherapy uses viruses as vectors to treat various diseases
  • virotherapy works
  • viruses can be used as weapons in biological warfare
  • laboratories keep stockpiles of viruses
  • viral infection can be controlled
  • viral infection can be stopped
  • the government can stop infection
  • the government tells the truth about what is is doing with viruses
  • the media reports the truth about viruses
  • the media reports the truth about what governments are doing with viruses