Was COVID-19 predicted?


Yasmin Vizguerra, Editor

      Author Dean Koontz has recently gone viral all over Twitter after a conspiracy theory came out that in his 1981 novel, The eyes of darkness, had predicted the COVID-19 outbreak. 

      The theory went as far as showing how not only did the novel come out 40 years ago, it was also named after the same Chinese city, Wuhan, in which the outbreak originated. 

      A character in the book says, “They call the stuff ‘Wuhan-400’ because it was developed at their RDNA labs outside the city of Wuhan.” 

     Twitter user, Nick Hinton, insisted that Koontz had indeed predicted the outbreak. 

     This, mixed with the panic and chaos, sparked many more conspiracy theories with readers noting how the story calls COVID-19 the “perfect weapon” to “wipe out a city or country.” 

     However, the conspiracy theories were debunked after fact-checking by Snopes showed that the fictional virus and the actual virus are the only things they share in common.

     The fact-checking site also said that it was important to note that in the book, the virus had a 100 percent fatality rate while the real virus has a 2 percent death rate. 

     This also spiraled people to believe that an author who claimed to have psychic abilities, Slyvia Browne, fueling the conspiracies. 

     In her 2008 book, The end of days, Browne wrote: “In around 2020 a server pneumonialike 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.” 

     Even 12 years after the claim, conspiracy theorists are saying Browne “prophesized” the outbreak. 

     These theories were even recognized by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian who posted it to her Instagram stories, who said: “Kourtney just sent this in our group chat.” 

      Browne’s claim was questionable as well as she was known for publishing over 40 books and making claims as well such as the famous kidnapping of 11-year old Shawn Hornbeck, who said that a Latino man with dreadlocks and dark skin would have been his abductor but when Hornbeck was found in 2007, it was debunked because he had been abducted by a white man.

      While these theories are more believable by some, some have claimed that even French astrologer, Michel de Nosterdame, predicted the virus. Nosterdame wrote about “diverse plagues” that would be “upon mankind.” 

      In his 1555 book, Les Prophetie 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.” 

      The theories were debunked by non-conspiracy theorists who said it was merely a coincidence that with so many books, there were plenty of books out there that were now seen as predictions when in fact they weren’t anything of the sort. 

      Whether these conspiracies are right or not, they’re fun to read and see how this pans out.