The Coronavirus COVID-19 has taken over the world. Not just because the disease has spread to nearly every country on the surface of the planet, but because it seems that people these days having nothing else to speak of other than the coronavirus, the speed it is spreading, its fatality rate, and the collapse of society as people are forced to remain indoors in order to limit the spread of the virus.
The Infectious disease was first identified in Wuhan in November 2019 in Central China. Since then, the disease has spread globally, resulting in the so-called Coronavirus pandemic. Among its many symptoms are fever, cough.
It has become one of the most dangerous diseases in the last hundred years. As of 20 March 2020, the rate of deaths per number of diagnosed cases has been calculated at 4.1 percent.
However, it is noteworthy to mention that it ranges from 0.2 percent to 15 percent, according to age group and other health problems. “Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected,” worldometer.info informs.
Predictions: Did people predict COVID-19?
In the last few weeks, many newlines have made claims that the Coronavirus COVID19 disease was predicted before it happened.
Some people have suggested that people such as the famous prophet and seer Nostradamus wrote about the outbreak of the disease in 1,555 in his book Les Propheties.
He is quoted writing the following:
“From the vain enterprise honour and undue complaint, boats tossed about among the Latins, cold, hunger, waves, not far from the Tiber the land stained with blood, And diverse plagues will be upon mankind.”
This particular quatrain has been described as a mention to the coronavirus. However, as we have written in the past, it can be interpreted in dozens of ways.
Explaining the above quatrain:
The Tiber River runs through Rome. As you are reading this, as of March 16, 2020, the entire country of Italy remains in quarantine lockdown, and people are asked to stay indoors. There are more than 9,000 confirmed cases of the Virus in Italy alone, and the Mediterranean country has become the epicenter of the virus.
Nostradamus warned of plague in Century II, Quatrain 6 and century II, Quatrain 19:
“There will be two scourges the like of which was never seen, Famine within plague, people put out by steel, Crying to the great immortal God for relief.”
“Newcomers, place built without defence, Place occupied then uninhabitable: Meadows, houses, fields, towns to take at pleasure, Famine, plague, war, extensive land arable.”
Besides Nostradamus, there have been claims of another prophet predicting COVID-19.
It has been reported that the Blind Mystic Vangeliya Pandeva Gushterova, more popularly known as Baba Vanga also predicted the coronavirus.
According to a woman called Neshka Stefanova Robeva, 73, Baba Vanga spoke about “corona” just before her death. Robeva explained that Baba Vanga said that “the corona will be all over us.”
As we have explained in the past, although Baba Vanga may have made some interesting predictions that have become popular throughout the years, her alleged predictions of the Coronavirus are just as vague as those made by Nostradamus.
Did these books predict COVID-19?
In addition to Vanga and Nostradamus, claims on the internet suggest that two books apparently predicted the outbreak of the Coronavirus 12, and 450 years ago.
The first book was published 12 years ago and is called “End of Days: Predictions and Prophecies About the End of the World,” and was written by psychic Sylvia Browne. Specific lines in the book seem to predict the outbreak of a disease that sounds very much like COVID-19.
“In around 2020 a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and the bronchial tubes and resisting all known treatments. Almost more baffling than the illness itself will be the fact that it will suddenly vanish as quickly as it arrived, attack again ten years later, and then disappear completely,” the author wrote in the book.
But even before that, in 1981, a science fiction book titled “The Eyes of Darkness” and written by Dean Koontz is claimed to have foreseen, not only the outbreak itself but the city where it originated: Wuhan.
Images of the paragraph of the book where the supposed prediction was made have been circulating on social networks for weeks.
Koontz wrote in his fiction book: “They call the stuff ‘Wuhan-400’ because it was developed at their RDNA labs outside of the city of Wuhan, and it was the four-hundredth viable strain of man-made micro-organisms created at that center.”
The book further adds: “Wuhan-400 is a perfect weapon. It afflicts only human beings. No other living creatures can carry it. And like syphilis, Wuhan-400 can’t survive outside a living human body for longer than a minute.”
The above paragraphs are sufficient to confirm that although similar in a few ways, Koontz didn’t actually predict COVID-19.
For starters, Wuhan-400 is a man-made weapon in the book, while scientists have confirmed COVID-19 is not. Although the author seemed to have nailed the location from where the virus originated, there are certain differences.
The most notorious is the fact that in the book, Wuhan-400 has a 100% fatality rate. Scientists have discovered that about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died.
In his book, Koontz reveals that Wuhan-400 has an incubation period of only four hours, while COVID-19 has an incubation period that can range between two and 14 days.