THE CORONAVIRUS pandemic is being stoked by the world’s collective fears of COVID-19, a self-titled psychic believer has bizarrely claimed on the internet.
The highly infectious coronavirus has infected more than 126,000 people and killed at least 4,638 since December. On March 11 the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the epidemic has deteriorated into a full-blown global threat.
There are, however, some people who believe the coronavirus can be stopped through the power of positive thought.
Self-titled psychics who frequent the /r/Psychic forum on Reddit discussed the esoteric implications of the pandemic.
One Reddit user who goes by the name of /u/unitybreath, claimed in February the emergency is the product of mass panic, contrary to what health officials have been saying.
The Reddit user posted: “Modern people are taught to think about things fearfully in order to prevent it.
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“‘Pay attention!’ “Look both ways!’ ‘Stop!’ ‘Think about it!’ etc.
“They think like they are a body, who has to use his consciousness to prevent death by identifying threats and subduing life.
“It’s an illusion. It’s what we call ego.
“The truth of what you are is infinite consciousness who determines what is real like a ‘deliberate creator’.
“All major diseases were caused by groups delusion, first.”
But the coronavirus is very much real and so are the consequences of contracting the pathogen.
This virus can be suppressed and controlled
The novel virus, which appeared in China’s Wuhan city last year, attacks the respiratory systems with flu-like symptoms and pneumonia.
Although the initial onset of symptoms is typically mild, the virus can rapidly deteriorate into life-threatening conditions in a handful of cases.
Health officials believe those most at risk from the coronavirus are the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions.
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On Wednesday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged world leaders to take “urgent and aggressive action” against the pandemic.
Dr Ghebreyesus also said he was “deeply concerned” by the “alarming levels of inaction” in response to the viral threat.
He said: “Several counties have demonstrated that this virus can be suppressed and controlled.
“The challenge for many countries who are now dealing with large clusters or community transmission is not whether they can do the same – it’s whether they will.”
Among the more drastic actions taken to halt the virus’ spread, US President Donald Trump has suspended travel to and from Europe.
India has similarly suspended visas for most foreigners.
Denmark and Poland have closed all schools and Guatemala has banned incoming travellers from Europe.
Dr Ghebreyesus said: “We’re in this together to do the right things with clam and protect the citizens of the world. It’s doable.”
As the virus sweeps across the globe, officials in China have announced the virus has reached its peak.