Most Nigerians Think the Coronavirus was Created in a Lab.

One of the most important issues that have trailed public space since the outbreak of the coronavirus is about its origins. A lot of conspiracies and theories have emerged about where the virus must have emerged from.

At ResearcherNG we wanted to find out where Nigerians think the virus originated from. We asked our respondents where they think the coronavirus came from and most of them thought it was developed intentionally by someone in a lab (43.8%), bowing to the laboratory conspiracy theory that surfaced on the internet that the disease originated from a lab in Wuhan. 10.2% think it was developed accidentally by someone in a lab, 18.9% think it came about due to other human activity while 20.7% think it came about naturally.

What You Should Know
While it was first detected in Wuhan, scientists are still researching the origin of the virus.

What Did The World Health Organisation Say?
The novel-coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a type of virus that causes illness like the common cold,  severe, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). This newly identified novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that was not previously identified in humans.

How We Did It
ResearcherNG conducted this study to understand the perception of Coronavirus pandemic and the impact of misinformation since the outbreak. We surveyed 1,121  Nigerian adults in April 2020 for this report. The surveys were mostly conducted via online channels and weighted to match Nigeria’s adult population by.age, gender and location. We also held in-depth interviews and focus group meetings to validate responses. It will be instructive to note that in sampling errors, question wordings and the peculiarities of conducting surveys such as this can introduce bias to some aspects of these polls. However, we took accurate measures to ensure error is at its barest.