The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) emerged in China’s Hubei Province without warning last November. The highly infectious disease has since spread to every corner of the world, infecting more than 194,000 people.
Coronavirus conspiracy theories are now rife on the internet with many people theorising where the virus came from.
Some people have claimed coronavirus was foretold by the 16th-century physician Nostradamus.
Others have said the virus was prophesied in the Book of Revelation, the last book of the Christian Bible.
Many have also unearthed a passage from a book penned in 2008 by the self-titled psychic Sylvia Browne.
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In the book titled End of Days: Predictions and Prophecies about the End of the World, Ms Browne predicted a widespread pneumonia pandemic in 2008.
Although the coronavirus is not outright pneumonia, the virus can trigger flu-like and pneumonia-like symptoms.
But what exactly did Ms Browne, who died in 2013, say?
Her book reads: “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.”
Although vague, the passage has sparked a meltdown on social media websites.
In around 2020 a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe
Sylvia Browne, self-titled psychic
One person said on Twitter: “Whether it was just a good guess or she actually had a premonition about the Coronavirus we will never know.
“But, psychic Sylvia Browne did make some startling predictions in her book End of Days published in 2008.”
Another Twitter user said: “I used to watch this lady Sylvia Browne on Oprah back in the day.
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“She was always spot on with her Psychic predictions.
“It’s crazy in 2008 she predicted what we know today as the CORONA VIRUS!
“She wrote it in her book that this would happen in 2020”
A third person also said: “Well… Sylvia Browne wasn’t wrong about the Coronavirus.”
But is this enough to truly say Ms Browne knew the coronavirus pandemic would strike 12 years in advance?
The pneumonia prediction is just one of many penned before the self-titled psychic’s death.
The book was written five years after the 2002 to 2003 SARS epidemic, so Ms Browne likely based her prediction on that event.
During her life, the psychic was also often criticised for making predictions that were later found to be false.
In 2006, she infamously said a group of miners trapped after a mine explosion at Sago mine in West Virginia, would likely not be found.
The miners were later found alive and rescued.
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