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What are the conspiracy theories around COVID-19? Show more Show less
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Despite all evidence pointing to infected animals at China's Wuhan seafood market as the source of the COVID-19, conspiracies abound. These claims range from international political plot to eccentric effort to undermine the Chinese economy. So, what are the conspiracies around this previously unseen, potentially devastating, illness?

COVID-19 is the realisation of an age old prophecy Show more Show less

Whether in ancient texts, or by modern mystics, the coming of a COVID-19-like disease has been prophesied for millennia.
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COVID-19 is the realisation of Nostradamus' 'Great Plague'

Recent interpretations of Nostradamus' predictions see COVID-19 as the long-awaited 'Great Plague' set to ravage a 'Sea City'.
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Context

(ALERT: Visit the WHO for accurate information about the coronavirus pandemic)[1] The French, sixteenth century philosopher Nostradamus has been considered a powerful visionary who could predict the future for centuries. Some believe he accurately foresaw the fire of London, Nazi Germany, the French Revolution and Hiroshima and Nagasaki, amongst other major world events.[2] This argument feeds into other theories that the virus was foreseen by those with the ability to predict the future in prophecy and in text, including the writer Sylvia Browne and the mystic Baba Vanga.

The Argument

Nostradamus was an extraordinary prophet. Till now, no event in history has correlated with his belief a 'Great Plague' was coming to inflict suffering on the world, which he wrote about in section 53 of his book “Les Propheties”.[3][4] This, coupled with his claim the plague would start in a 'Sea City' bears startling similarities to COVID-19, a port town, and its alleged origins - the Wuhan Seafood Market.[5] The excerpt comes from Century 2:53, and states 'Will not cease until there be avenged the death. Of the just blood, condemned for a price without crime.”[6]

Counter arguments

Many of Nostradmus' so-called predictions were extremely vague writings that his supporters have spun to fit past world events. There is no evidence whatsoever of his writings accurately forecasting. His only specific prediction - "in 1727, in October, the king of Persia [shall be] captured by those of Egypt" - was never realised. Additionally, the plague Nostradamus predicted was said to originate from a seaside town.[7] Wuhan is in central China.

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References

  1. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
  2. https://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/1254867/Coronavirus-Nostradamus-prediction-COVID-19-latest-coronavirus-news
  3. https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Les_Propheties
  4. https://curiosmos.com/prophetic-claims-did-nostradamus-predict-coronavirus-would-strike-in-2020/
  5. https://www.deccanherald.com/national/coronavirus-did-you-know-about-these-predictions-814593.html
  6. https://www.msn.com/en-ph/news/world/did-nostradamus-predict-the-coronavirus/ar-BBZFkjh?li=AAb280R
  7. https://truthmeter.mk/sensationalist-and-irresponsible-article-claiming-nostradamus-predicted-the-coronavirus/
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