Amidst the fear, anxiety, and confusion surrounding coronavirus, it’s quite scary to know that some movies, books, and tweets earlier predicted an outbreak that would spread across the world just like coronavirus. We begin to ask ourselves why we didn’t prepare for it.
Well, due to these fictional works apart from tweets, many people have come to believe that the virus is actually man-made. Currently, 3, 052, 370 cases of COVID-19 have been reported, including 216 563 deaths all over the world. From books to movies and tweets, let’s check out these predictions.
1. The future-teller Simpsons: Just the way this animated series predicted that Donald Trump will become the president of the United States 16 years ago in an episode titled ‘Bart to the Future’, the long-running series predicted a viral infection in its 1993 episode. But this time, the Simpson predicted that the viral flu will come from Japan and spread to the United States. Can we say they could see into the future?
2. Crime Novel, ‘The Eyes of The Darkness’: In 1981, a fictional writer, Dean Koontz talked about a virus called Wuhan-400 which was developed as a bio-weapon in a laboratory. According to the book, the virus could wipe off an entire country just the way coronavirus has been claiming lives across the world. This book predicted coronavirus 40 years ago and it’s not surprising that this current pandemic started from the Wuhan seafood market in China.
3. Contagion: Out of all movies that predicted pandemics, this 2011 blockbuster, Contagion, came so close to our current reality. It began with a woman (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) who returns to Minnesota with a strange illness after a trip to Hong Kong. Within a few days, she died, leaving her husband (Matt Damon) in a state of shock, before others begin exhibiting the same symptoms, as the outbreak spreads across the world. When the movie was released, Laurie Garrett, a consultant on the film who wrote the book “The Coming Plague,” said that the plot is “part fantasy, part reality and totally possible.”
4. End of Days: Predictions and Prophecies about the End of the World: Author, Sylvia Browne, who claims to have psychic abilities, made a prediction in 2008 that “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.” The scary part of the book is where it reads, “Almost more baffling than the illness itself will be the fact that it will suddenly vanish as quickly as it has arrived, attack again 10 years later, and then disappear completely.” Please don’t freak out yet. There is more.
5. Tweet By Marco: Many twitter users have dug out a tweet written by a Twitter account named Marco with the username @Marco_Acortes. He tweeted, “Coronavirus….it’s coming” on June 3, 2013. This tweet has generated 38,000 retweets and 70,000 likes.
6. Tweet by England cricketer, Jofra Archer: Popular England cricketer, Jofra Archer, is known for making odd tweets but this time, it seems he was able to see the future. His August 20, 2014 tweet reads, “There will be, no place to run, that day will come”.