It's a bat coronavirus, it originated from the Huanen wet market supposedly which is the most likely scenario because those wet markets are fucking FILTHY. Literally a goldmine of possible zoonotic shifts lol. If it escaped from a lab... well, it still wasn't created there. There have been tests performed on it, yes, but it didn't originate from a man-made experiment. Like S said, this spread is mostly due to the fault of governmental ignorance. China in particular, because locking down their country would have drastically reduced the spread (cos a shit ton of carriers came from China and infected multiple countries, Chinese or not lol it happened). Denying the existence of COVID-19 is what caused this mess, Chinese govt covering it up did the world no fucking favors, now they're trying to blame it on the USA or w/e. Conspiracy theorists are now dismissing the factual origin of the virus for "omg man-made". No, it's a zoonotic coronavirus. It came from an animal. There are similar viruses in snakes. Also before anyone tries to use this as an argument; the Hantavirus shit from the rat the dude ate is bc of an infected rat being eaten/inhaling shit fumes from the rat, Hantavirus isn't a "new" virus. I see conspiracy theorists posting shit on Twitter about this and it's just... wow ya'll dumb lmao. People literally eating live rats raw and whole by ripping their heads off and you guys think this was man-made? Inhaling fumes from rat feces or eating infected rats causes that virus, not ... man-made shit. It's literally non-contagious.