When we say we don't know what the future holds for us, it seems like not everyone shares the same sentiments.
Sure, the coronavirus is spreading rapidly. But if there's one that is making the rounds faster than the virus itself, it's the theories about it. From people claiming that the TV show, The Simpsons predicted Tom Hanks' quarantine to theories about how the virus was born because people were eating bats, according to Vox, it just goes to show how creative humans can be. But now, there's a new theory that's got the internet buzzing and it has to do with a psychic's prediction from more than a decade ago.
Sylvia Celeste Browne, who passed away in 2013, was an American author and a self-described psychic who could see the future and communicate with spirits which threw her into the spotlight. And it seems she predicted an outbreak, not unlike the coronavirus, in her 2008 book, End of Days: Predictions and Prophecies about the End of the World.
In a passage of the book that has been circulating the internet, she says, “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 has arrived, attack again 10 years later, and then disappear completely.”
Sylvia Browne predicted the occurrence of Wuhan Corona Virus. This is witchcraft! 🙀 pic.twitter.com/4ZVkL4r6d5— Shyshy (@shyxii) February 16, 2020
However, as uncanny as this prediction may be, Browne was also criticized for giving false information of missing or dead children to their devastated parents, according to The Guardian. In one instance, the psychic predicted the death of Amanda Berry and informed her mother, Louwanna Miller, of that fact. However, later it was discovered that Berry was alive but in the captivity of Ariel Castro in Cleveland, Ohio for about 10 years before she escaped, along with her younger daughter, and two other women.
Considering this fact, myth-busting website, Snopes, tried to explain the situation better. It read, "Although it could be argued that stating a respiratory illness would sweep through the world in 2020 was accurate, other elements of the book passage are unknown or unlikely, and of course “predicting” a worldwide outbreak of a respiratory illness when one has already happened could be more a matter of lucky guessing than predicting."
Additionally, since SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) had its outbreak in the early 2000s, which happened before Browne's book hit the shelves, she may have had some idea of the process of respiratory illnesses. Right now, medical professionals believe that COVID-19 may just become a seasonal illness, according to Washington Post.
This isn't the first time though that a book may have given people a hint that this outbreak was foreseen. In author Dan Koontz's 1981 novel, The Eyes of Darkness, he wrote about a killer virus called “'Wuhan-400' – eerily predicting the Chinese city where Covid-19 would emerge." However, in the book, the virus was a "perfect biological weapon" that had a 100% kill rate.
Well, whether or not it was predicted, right now, we all have to take care as the World Health Organization has declared it a pandemic. For more information on how to protect yourself and your loved ones, check out the official WHO website.