- originate in… / have origins in…
Coronavirus may have originated in lab linked to China’s biowarfare program.
- conspiracy theories 阴谋论
The rapid, open, transparent sharing of data on this outbreak is now being threatened by rumours and misinformation around its origins. We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories…
construct: A construct is something that is built, made, or created.
manipulate: If you say that someone manipulates an event or situation, you disapprove of them because they use or control it for their own benefit, or cause it to develop in the way they want.
a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus.
conceal the extent of… 隐瞒…的程度
under-report / hide the number / hold down the number
conceal the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease…
paper over its failures at home / paper over my problem
- put sb at risk
China’s lack of transparency put people around the world at risk.
deflect responsibility for… 推卸责任（甩锅）
deflect attention from his private life
foment / incite / stoke / stir up terror. 煽动恐慌
foment: to create trouble or violence or make it worse.
resort to 诉诸于、采取…的手段
Such theories also appeal to a strong streak of narcissism: there are people who would choose to believe in complicated nonsense rather than accept that their own circumstances are incomprehensible, the result of issues beyond their intellectual capacity to understand, or even their own fault.
More important and more relevant to the death of expertise, however, is that conspiracy theories are deeply attractive to people who have a hard time making sense of a complicated world and who have no patience for less dramatic explanations.
- give / rate sb 10 out of 10 score on … 在某方面10分的话给10分