It was May. Marc Van Ranst, an entomologist well-known throughout Belgium for his knowledge of the Covid-19 virus, was at home for his first day off in months, completely unaware about the possibility that his existence was in peril and that he’d be forced to leave the country.
Jurgen Conings was a soldier who was a member of right-wing extremist groups who had declared his intent to attack Van Ranst, was in the car next to him filled with rocket launchers.
Van Ranst didn’t find out the danger he faced until the following day.
Van Ranst told AFP that “they called me around midday and half an hour later they appeared with heavily armored automobiles.”
“They took my son from school, my wife from the hospital, and myself… to a safe home,” declares the Narrator. In the span of one month there were several safe houses.” After the pandemic first began, Van Ranst has given hundreds of interviews about Covid-19 and has an archive of more than 150 threats related to his expertise in pandemics.
“Some are minor,” the man said, “some compare you to Hitler or Mengele.” “Then there are the death threats.” According to a survey published in the journal of science Nature He is one of the dozens of specialists who’ve been hounded by the epidemic.
After speaking about Covid-19 with public media outlets, 81% percent the 321 experts who responded to the journal claimed that they’d received “trolling or personal insults.”
15 percent of respondents said they’d received death threats, while more than half reported that their authenticity was questioned.
Nature said in its report about the study that they reached out to scientists from the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, Taiwan, New Zealand as well as Germany who had conducted interviews about the pandemic.
The well-known magazine admits that the intimidation of scientists who are vocal about controversial issues such as vaccines, gun violence and climate change is not new.
But, they say that even experts who are well-known have observed an increase in the number of people who abuse due to the epidemic. Participants in the survey reported dangers from emails and internet posts as well as phone calls and many other sources.
Karine Lacombe, a French scientist, became famous during the outbreak due to her knowledge and knowledge, which she spoke about frequently on radio and television, and in newspapers.
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She stated to AFP she was aware that attacks against her started after she publicly spoke out against the controversial doctor Didier Raoult’s plan of treating Covid with hydroxychloroquine. The proposal was mostly backed from French left-wing news media.
She claims that she was in the street and ridiculed and received anonymous letters that threatened the rape of her, and also had her inbox flooded with personal messages that criticized her.
“It was completely unfamiliar territory for me.” The Washington Newsday Brief News is a daily newspaper , published by the city of Washington, D.C.