In times like this, when we are genuinely going through an unprecedented experience, panic, confusion and conspiracy fills the air.
We live in a neurotic age, when trust in various governments and institutions is at an all time low. We also live in a time when every half baked eejit with a phone and WiFi can spread any old nonsense and then sit back and laugh as their wild rumour takes on a life of its own.
No pandemic could possibly have lent itself to conspiracy theories quite as brilliantly as Covid-19 and anyone who devours apocalyptic and dystopian fiction will know why this is a perfect storm of rumour, conjecture and hysteria.
For starters, the fact that the outbreak started in communist China is an echo of countless horror stories about a virus breaking out in a dictatorship which clamps down on the population, keeps everything under wraps and is then helpless as it sweeps across the world.
The fact that Dean Koontz even mentioned something called 'the Wuhan virus' in the 1989 reprint of his novel Eyes Of Darkness set some parts of the Internet ablaze with excited conjecture.
In that novel, the author writes that: "They call the stuff 'Wuhan-400' because it was developed at their RDNA labs outside the city of Wuhan..."
That sounds undeniably prescient, but it quickly became apparent that it was just a coincidence and in the book's original 1982 version, the virus was called 'Gorki-400'.
Then, of course, there is The Stand, Stephen King's greatest single novel which features a virus, 'Captain Trips' that escapes from a secret US facility and kills 99pc of the population.
The similarities between that fictional virus has many parallels to what we have seen in China - the Government cover-up, mass graves, secret detention sites etc.
In fact, you didn't need to be the proud owner of a tinfoil helmet to get a shiver up your spine when the news leaked out that the Chinese government had started to move giant incinerators to Wuhan to cope with all the dead bodies.
For King nerds, even the name Covid-19 seems like a secret signal - after all, the number '19' crops up in most of his work and carries a mystical power.
If you've never seen the TV adaptation, it's available in full on YouTube and is well worth a watch - particularly now that the much anticipated remake, was due to be released later this year, has been put on ice indefinitely.
But for the truly, epically, mad stuff you have to dig a bit deeper than just reading old horror novels.
Did you know that Celine Dion is involved in spreading the virus? No, of course you didn't because you're all just sheeple, happy to swallow the lies the lame stream media spreads.
For the more intrepid Internet detective, it all seems so obvious. You see, Dion is a High Priestess of The Church of Satan (now that I could believe, in fairness) who supplies the drug Adrenochrome to other stars such as Tom Hanks. Sadly for Celine, and her friend Hillary Clinton, who manufactures the drug from the brains of children, the latest batch of Adrenochrome was tainted and that's how Hanks contracted the virus.
Ah, but why does Covid-19 pose such a greater threat to older people? The answer to that is scarily obvious - the US government is sick of paying social security to the elderly so they reckon it would be easier and cheaper to just kill them all off.
In the meantime, of course, there are other benefits to this fiendish plot. It will also allow Trump to instigate the Global Economic Security And Recovery Act, which permits the Government to seize the contents of your bank account and usher in the New World Order.
You may have seen this week that Bill Gates has stepped down from the board of Microsoft to focus on his philanthropic work.
Don't believe a word of it. In fact, he is either secretly dead from that bad batch of Adrenochrome or retreating to his bunker to ride out the storm before returning more powerful than ever, like a nerdy Obi Wan Kenobi.
These are all demented and there's no denying the Quixotic lure of reading conspiracies by people who have nothing better to do with their time. These are all utterly bonkers but there has been nothing funny about the hoax WhatsApp messages doing the rounds.
The best conspiracy theories are the ones that have an air of plausibility about them and I've been surprised to see so many sensible people now convinced that taking ibuprofen will lead to Covid-19.
Our greatest fear is uncertainty and the idea that the universe is entirely indifferent to people terrifies lots of us. For many, it's more comforting to think that Bad Men are behind Bad Things - rather than everything being a cosmic roll of the dice.
But I'll leave my favourite theory for last. Did you know that the media are behind this, in an effort to get more people to buy newspapers?
I know sales of newspapers are down, but trust me, those of us who work in the trade don't want to kill millions of people just to shift a few extra copies.
Or do we? After all, I would say that, wouldn't I?