COVID-19 is not real. It is part of a program for “massive depopulation of over 80% of the population.” The term COVID-19 actually means “Certificado de Identificación de Vacunación con Inteligencia Artificial (Certificate of Identification of Vaccination with Artificial Intelligence).”
This claim was made in a YouTube video that has gained around 265,000 views, 7,200 likes, and 1,169 comments as of writing. A copy of the video on bitchute.com was emailed to Rappler by a reader for fact checking.
COVID-19 is real. As defined by the World Health Organization, it is a “disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. 'CO' stands for corona, 'VI' for virus, and 'D' for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as '2019 novel coronavirus' or '2019-nCoV.’”
The claim was made in a 6-minute video, wherein a man identified as doctor Roberto Petrella discourages testing and vaccination for COVID-19. He mentions a document in the video – which he does not cite or publish for viewing– as the source of his claim.
However, testing is imperative in the fight against COVID-19. According to a CNN article, “The countries that are ever so slowly climbing their way past coronavirus share one key trait: widespread testing.” A study on testing, contact tracing, and household quarantine, also published in Nature, concluded that these strategies are effective in slowing down COVID-19.
Moreover, the US Department of Health and Human Services said: “Vaccines are safe and effective. Because vaccines are given to millions of healthy people – including children – to prevent serious diseases, they’re held to very high safety standards.” Vaccines are rigorously tested and approved before launch.
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