A scientist who believes that the coronavirus came from outer space on a meteor, claims that the prevailing winds spread the disease to the most affected countries.
According to him, once in the upper stratosphere, the virus either fell to Earth or fell into stratospheric air currents that circulate around our planet. So, the virus spread all over the world along the strip between 40–60° latitude north.
According to Professor Wickramasinghe, “the sudden outbreak of a new coronavirus is very likely to have a space connection.” The professor is also a strong supporter of the Panspermia hypothesis.
The meteor was recorded as a fireball racing across the sky in northeast China on October 11, 2019. It is estimated that the meteor burned up in the atmosphere and did not actually fall to the earth.
Professor Wickramasinghe believes that there is a possibility that after scattering into the atmosphere, the meteor spread out trillions of infectious viral particles. He also noted that the outbreak of coronavirus occurred in the same region of China where the fireball had been seen.
However, other scientists have largely rejected Professor Wickramasinghe’s allegations. Dominic Sparkes of University College London said that the SARS-CoV-2 could not have come from the outer space because it is very much similar to other coronaviruses.
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