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Prophetic Claims: Did Nostradamus Predict Coronavirus Would Strike in 2020?

There are various supposed predictions that Nostradamus penned down hundreds of years ago that people say are a warning for the Coronavirus outbreak. So, did he really predict the Coronavirus? Find out below.


It has recently been claimed that Michel de Nostredame, more popularly known as Nostradamus, predicted the rise of the deadly Coronavirus in 2020 as he penned down his prophetic quatrains hundreds of years ago in his book “Les Propheties.”

The world is going through a medical crisis of unseen proportions and mass hysteria. The Coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, has spread to all continents on Earth save for Antarctica, causing entire countries to quarantine millions of people.

The worst-hit countries as of today are China, Italy, Iran, Spain, and South Korea, although Europe is reporting an increased rate of coronavirus patience day-by-day, as doctors and scientists struggle to find a cure and vaccine for the terrifying virus that is thought to have originated in the city of Wuhan, China.

As people struggle to cope with the disease which has caused people to live in fear, some have claimed that one of the most famous prophets on Earth, Nostradamus, predicted the outbreak of Coronavirus some 500 years ago in his popular work Les Propheties.

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Theories surrounding COVID-19 are plenty on the internet. In addition to claims that the virus was predicted by prophets and seers a long time ago, some have claimed that the new strain of coronavirus is no more than an accidentally unleashed disease, that probably made its way out of a secret government-controlled laboratory.


Other theories suggest that, in addition to Nostradamus, a writer called Deal Koontz predicted the outbreak in his book “The Eyes of Darkness” published back in 1981.

That’s why it doesn’t come as a surprise that many people claim that it was Nostradamus that predicted the terrifying disease hundreds of years ago.

Nostradamus is one of the most famous seers on Earth, and many people maintain that the French apothecary, poet, and writer managed to somehow predict some impacting events in the history of mankind.

Those who believe in the prophetic powers of the French seer argue that Nostradamus successfully managed to predict, among other events, the following:

The Moon Apollo Moon Landing

“He will come to travel to the corner of Luna, where he will be captured and put in a strange land, The unripe fruits to be subject of great scandal, great blame, to one, great praise.”

The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Near the gates and within two cities There will be scourges the like of which was never seen, Famine within plague, people put out by steel, Crying to the great immortal God for relief.

However, the French seer is thought to have made numerous other accurate predictions of the future, including the French Revolution, the Great Fire of London, as well as the terror attacks of 9/11.

Whether Nostradamus’ quatrains were intentionally masked in a way that they predict the future remains a profound enigma, and many skeptics argue that the French writer had no abilities that allowed him to foresee events of the future.

Believing or disbelieving his predictions is a personal point of view, although some of them do arouse our imagination.

Did Nostradamus really predict the Coronavirus?

The Coronavirus is one such prediction that Nostradamus may have made hundreds of years ago.

An infographic showing details about COVID-19. Shutterstock.
An infographic showing details about COVID-19. Shutterstock.

In his book Les Propheties, in century V, quatrain 63, the French seer wrote:

“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 interpreted as a reference to the coronavirus, although it can be interpreted in dozens of ways. Nonetheless, followers of Nostradamus’ predictions also argue this is one reference to the outbreak of the virus in Italy.

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.

The above is just one reference written by Nostradamus that supposedly predicted the Coronavirus.

Here’s another one.

Nostradamus warned of plague in Century II, Quatrain 6:

“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.”

In century II, Quatrain 19, Nostradamus is also said to have written about the plague which many people argue is the coronavirus the Earth faces now.

“Newcomers, place built without defence, Place occupied then uninhabitable: Meadows, houses, fields, towns to take at pleasure, Famine, plague, war,  extensive land arable.”

Nostradamus, Coronavirus, and Conclusions

The work of Nostradamus can be interpreted in more ways than one. There isn’t a single quatrain where Nostradamus makes reference explicitly to a virus under the name coronavirus, nor does he seem to describe a plague with symptoms as those caused by the novel coronavirus.

Nostradamus’ cryptographic writing can, therefore, be interpreted and adjusted to fit probably any major event in the history of mankind.

Although there are certainly specific quatrains that have aroused interest even among experts, most of the predictions attributed to Nostradamus today are either wrong translations, creative interpretations, hoax writings, or a combination of everything.

Furthermore, there have been nearly countless epidemics that have shaken the world since the first publications of Nostradamus’ work Les Propheties, and his alleged quatrains may have made reference to any of them.

There isn’t one specific quatrain that clearly makes reference to COVID-19.

So, relax, the world isn’t coming to an end.

Written by Justin Gurkinic

Hey, my name is Justin, and my friends call me Gurk. Why? Becuase of my last name. It sounds like a vegetable. Kind of. I love sleeping and writing. History is my thing.

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