CORONAVIRUS has infected more than 75,000 people since December, fuelling bizarre conspiracies and rumours the epidemic was predicted by Nostradamus nearly 500 years ago. Did Nostradamus warn the world of a devastating plague?
The coronavirus epidemic has spread through China like wildfire, infecting tens of thousands with Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19). The disease, which emerged in Wuhan city last year, has also killed at least 2,130 people.
The rapid spread of the coronavirus has led many conspiracy theories to believe the outbreak was predicted in 1555.
Social media is rife with claims the epidemic was predicted by Michel de Nostradme in his book Les Propheties.
The French astrologer and supposed mystic is believed by many to be a prophet who predicted future events with great accuracy.
Nostradamus’ followers credit the writer with predicting the rise of Adolf Hitler in 1933 and the Great Fire of London in 1666 – but did Nostradamus predict the coronavirus?
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One Twitter user said: “465 years ago, French prophet Nostradamus predicted about #Coronavirus”
Another person tweeted: “Nostradamus predicted bat soup and Wuhan 2020 as the end of the world.”
A Twitter user also said: “This is not WUHAN war but all world, as Nostradamus predicted… people will die with no blood in massive amounts.
“You can stop it is impossible as we all one, we eat seafood, we breath air, we travel, we touch, we connected and virus can move easily…”
Twitter user Rebecca Bachar said: “As an aside, it is something how Nostradamus predicted the impeachment so many centuries ago.
“Also, Baba Vanga predicts that POTUS will catch an unknown illness which is probably going to be the Coronavirus. History can be predicted.”
Famine within plague, people put out by steel, Crying to the great immortal God for relief
Nostradamus penned his supposed prophecies and predictions in short poems dubbed quatrains.
The bulk of his prophecies were published in Les Propheties, where they were divided into Centuries and individual quatrains.
In Century II, Quatrain 6, Nostradamus wrote: “Near the gates and within two cities
“There will be two scourges the like of which was never seen,
“Famine within plague, people put out by steel,
“Crying to the great immortal God for relief.”
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Nostradamus also wrote of a plague in Century II, Quatrain 19: “Newcomers, place built without defence,
“Place occupied then uninhabitable:
“Meadows, houses, fields, towns to take at pleasure,
“Famine, plague, war, extensive land arable.”
Plague is also mentioned in Century II, Quatrain 46: “After great trouble for humanity, a greater one is prepared
“The Great Mover renews the ages:
“Rain, blood, milk, famine, steel and plague,
“Is the heavens fire seen, a long spark running.”
However, none of the quatrains appear to in any way directly reference China or the city of Wuhan.
And not everyone was convinced by the coronavirus conspiracy theories.
Joel Salamangka tweeted: “I’m still waiting for some nut job to claim this coronavirus was predicted by Nostradamus. That’d be a hoot.”
According to Brian Dunning, host of the Skeptoid Podcast, any claims of Nostradamus prophecies and predictions are baseless.
He said: “Michel de Nostredame was truly one of the brilliant lights of his day, but to subscribe to false stories and urban legends is to disrespect who the man actually was.
“Appreciate his contributions to medicine and Renaissance literature, and don’t trivialise his good works in favour of a pretended history of paranormal magical powers.”