In October this year, residents were asked to assess a number of versions that have been made public in connection with COVID-19's origin.
50% of those surveyed were inclined to think that COVID-19 was probably artificially created in a laboratory. The representation of such a position is common in all age groups, but it is more common among people aged 55 to 63.
This response is more common in people with lower levels of education, but also 44% of those with higher education consider that a laboratory is likely the source of COVID-19.
Almost a third of the population thinks that COVID-19 has occurred naturally - for example, that it could be a virus of bats, pangolins, or other living creatures, which, due to unfortunate circumstances, has been transmitted to humans.
50% of those aged 18-24 agreed with this version. Students, as well as those living in Rīga, expressed such views more commonly.
6% of those surveyed agreed with neither of these versions, while another 14% were unable to give a specific view on the matter.
The precise origin of the virus remains a matter for scientific examination as no precise account of its origin has yet been established.