Fact Check: COVID-19 NOT A Scripted Narrative To Justify Closed Borders Or Force Residents To Remain Home

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk

Is COVID-19 virus part of a conspiracy that has a scripted narrative designed to justify closed borders and inspire residents to stay at home? No, that's not true: A conspiracy theory on Facebook claims that the coronavirus outbreak is a move by the government against the so-called "Deep State" - a phrase common to right-wing conspiracy theorists that has not been proven to be true. This is a made-up theory with no backing other than the imaginations of people who refuse to believe the novel coronavirus is anything other than a real, global medical threat that started in Wuhan, China.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) published by Ben Grady on Facebook on March 13, 2020, under the title "Latest Intel". It opened:

COVID-19 Virus Movie is a Scripted Narrative designed to Justify Closed Borders and Inspire Citizens to Stay Home While upwards of 500,000 Arrests (158,000+ Sealed Indictments Opened) will take place in USA & Greater Numbers World Wide for Horrendous Crimes to Humanity & Corruptions related to Human Sex & Child Trafficking, a Depopulation agenda by Globalists, Illegal Organ Harvesting, Opioid Fentanyl Epidemic linked to China & Britain and other nations Implementing Espionage Plans for the USA. This is a Military Operation that is being modeled after Sun Tzu warfare. The Military & Trump Administration is Pivoting against Deep State Tactics as a Strategy that will have the Lowest Negative Impact to Innocent Citizens whole Freeing The World from Decades of Brainwashing to Mask Evil Operations that Operate a $150 Billion Year Child Trafficking Network by Deep State. Over 800,000 children in USA an 8,000,000 Globally Go Missing annually. Trump & White Hat Military Alliance is Ending this Evil Covered up by Fake News. THE STORM IS HERE - The Great Awakening

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Social media users saw this on Facebook:

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As evidence of the situation's seriousness, President Trump, as well as leaders around the world, have taken drastic actions to try to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus - which has been declared a national emergency in the United States, deemed a pandemic by the World Health Organization, caused countries to lockdown populations and sickened and killed thousands of people.

Simply put, the medical crisis sweepig the globe has nothing to do with the right-wing conspiracy about sex-trafficked children, as the post suggests. Still, Grady's Facebook page is filled with many such posts.

On March 17, 2020, Grady posted this to Facebook:

A week earlier, he posted this:

Users on Grady's Facebook page have called out his rants, including the post on March 13, 2020, laying out the supposed scripted narrative.

One user simply said; "Laughable. This is,some weird,conspiracy theory shit."

In fact, the National Institutes of Health released a statement on March 17, 2020, imploring people to follow medical guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus - which has no known cure at this time. The orgnizations's website has this written on top:

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapdily evolving situation.

Contagion, a 2011 scripted movie that did fictionally depict a deadly outbreak, has soared into iTunes' top-10 movie rental charts since January, the month when the coronavirus first was diagnosed in the United States.

While hoaxes and conspiracies have gone viral amid the coronavirus outbreak, Lead Stories has debunked a great many of them. Here's a sampling:

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