Coronavirus Predictions and Conspiracy Theories

We are living in some weird times.

The Coronavirus Pandemic came on fast and quick. Literally, in one week I went from living my normal life to going on quests for toilet paper and food pantry essentials like I was in some strange Bethesda catastrophe RPG video game.

I am flummoxed by the toilet paper hoarding. I will never understand it. People have strange panic mechanisms and I guess in the mind of the anxious toilet paper will save the world.

Anyway, I’ve had some downtime due to this imposed self-quarantine gig that everyone is doing right now. So, I decided to research all the predictions and conspiracy theories about the COVID19 virus.

A lot of the things in this article are based on fringe theories from the internet or drivel shared by QAnoners or Republicans. So, don’t take it as fact.

If you want to know the truth about the Coronavirus check out this website.

Also, I didn’t touch the conspiracy theory about the virus spreading because people were eating bats. However, it did create some cool memes.

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Most scientists believe that the virus developed naturally just in case you were wondering. I will address this later in the article.

Alright, grab a snack and put on your tinfoil hat. It’s time to go down the fringe theory rabbit hole.

Let’s begin…

Some say Sylvia Browne predicted the COVID-19 Pandemic in on her book, END OF DAYS. This prediction seems pretty specific to me even though Snopes doesn’t think so.

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Here’s the excerpt:

“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 as arrived, attack again ten years later, and then disappear completely.”

Adding a strange twist Kim Kardashian is the one who shared the message from Browne’s book and brought it to everyone’s attention through Twitter. She didn’t write the original post, but her tweet was picked up by a lot of news sites and it went viral.

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If I know anything about psychics (I do, I am one.) my guess is that Browne, herself, had something to do with her book going viral via shenanigans from the other side. Meaning she and her afterlife posse worked overtime to get someone to open her book and tell the world about her prediction. This, after all, is the year of the rat and Browne is a fire rat in Chinese astrology.

It would make sense she showed her energetic signature to the world at a pivotal point in time to make up for her psychic snafu telling Amanda Barry’s parents she was dead. She wasn’t dead. She was just holed up in a crazy guy’s basement for the better part of a decade.

I can see Browne wanting to clear her name and show the world that she is still a viable psychic – even posthumously.

Apparently, dead prophets don’t like to be overshadowed by dead psychics and Nostradamus had to throw his hand into the prediction pile. There are three quatrains that are being touted as predictive even though one of them had already been associated with an earlier earthquake.

From Century V, Quatrain 63:

“From the vain enterprise honour and undue complaint,

Boats tossed about among the Latins, cold, hunger, waves,

Not far from the Tiber the land stained with blood,

And diverse plagues will be upon mankind.”

From  Century II, Quatrain 6:

“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.”

From 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.”

No disrespect to the French man but none of these quatrains sound anything like that what is going on right now. I have always had issues with Nostradamus though. I feel like people give him a lot of unjustified credit for being obtuse.

I think people want a cosmic or fated reason why the coronavirus has spread so rapidly. It would feel better knowing this was fated and we have no control over it rather than recognize that we are all bunked up in our houses right now because we have a moron in the Oval Office.

There is talk that Trump was warned in January the coronavirus could go into the pandemic status and he ignored it. I am not surprised (narcissists don’t give a shit about other people) but I am still side-eyeing for effect.

 It’s no secret that I am not a fan of the Orange Cheeto and his minions. I publicly hexed him on my Patreon and there’s that time I said I voted for Hilary Clinton and got a lot of hate mail for it. (Republican psychics are vicious.) So, when I read that Trump took the coronavirus test and has been getting his temperature taken on a regular basis I jokingly said,

“Wouldn’t it be super funny if Trump got the coronavirus and the White House had to be quarantined? Wouldn’t that just be the greatest irony?”

Yes, I have a dark sense of humor but that’s not the point. Little did I know that the “Balkan Nostradamus” Baba Vanka predicted that Trump would get sick in 2020.

I can’t make this stuff up.

According to a Daily Mail article:

“The predictions attributed to Baba Vanga for 2020 have Trump suffering a brain tumour that leaves him deaf and may even kill him.”

I am not sure if this prediction is about a specific illness or if Baba Vanga is merely picking up on 45’s regular state of mind. I mean, he is not very bright, and he is tone-deaf about what Americans face every day. I feel this prediction could go either way.

During the writing of this article, Fox News reported that Trump did test NEGATIVE for the virus but my conspiracy is that even if he did have it the public would never know about it. It would make him look weak and he is supposedly the second coming. So, there’s that. (I am side-eyeing again.)

Baba Vanka died in 1996 but her predictions go up to the year 5079 so she is bound to get some hits. According to her followers, she has accurately predicted 9/11 and Brexit.

Oh, and the coronavirus.

According to another Daily Mail article:

“Neshka Stefanova Robeva went to visit Vanga in 1996 just before she passed away and explained what happened during the visit, “Aunt Vanga predicted when I visited her years ago: ‘Neshka, the Corona will be all over us.’ I did not realize what those words meant then.” She went on to say that the word “corona” means guardianship in Bulgarian and is connected to Russian leadership within the country so she assumed that Vanga’s warning meant that Bulgaria would be controlled by the Russians. “Only now did I realize that it was Chinese flu. May it go away easily,” Robeva said.”

Again, there’s a lot going on in this prediction. It could be about the coronavirus AND Russia since they seem to be meddling in a lot of global affairs right now. It’s hard to tell.

Psychic predictions aren’t usually linear or streamline and they are subjective based on what the person has experienced in their own life. There’s no exact science to what is going on in someone’s mind or how something they are “seeing” is interpreted.

Sometimes, predictions come through inspiration and muse. Ray Bradbury predicted the invention of earbuds, flat-screen TVs and (possibly) Facebook in his book: FAHRENHEIT 451. Star Trek predicted Bluetooth headpieces and talking computers (like Siri and Alexa) and the iPad.

The Simpsons seem to have the monopoly on predictions. They not only predicted the Trump Presidency, but also 18 other notable historical events over time.  The show has been on television for over 30 years and the truth does tend to be weirder than fiction. I think they’ve utilized that trope in their social satire and hit the bull’s-eye a few times because of it.

A Facebook post and a lot of tweets suggest that a 1993 episode of the Simpsons predicted the coronavirus.

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Unfortunately, the Simpsons don’t get to take credit for predicting the coronavirus. The episode in question is called “Marge in Chains” and it talks about a disease called “The Osaka Flu” which came from Japan, not China.

The first three screengrabs in the post are from the episode. The fourth capture is from another episode called “The Fool Monty” and it has been photoshopped to say “Corona Virus.” You can see the comparisons below:

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Bill Oakley, one of the original writers of the 1993 episode said this in a Reuters article:

“I don’t specifically remember which viruses had been in the news in the decade before we wrote it but there were probably a few. The story was assigned to us by the showrunners Mike Reiss and Al Jean and they told us to read ‘The Plague’ by Albert Camus which is what the entire first act is based on.”

Forty years ago Dean Koontz may have predicted the coronavirus in his book: EYE OF DARKNESS. The story is about a mother who finds that her son is being held in a medical facility where he is being infected with a man-made bioweapon called “Wuhan-400”

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In chapter 39, page 333 reads:

“To understand that,” Dombey said, “you have to go back twenty months. It was around then that a Chinese scientist name Li Chen defected to the United States, carrying a diskette record of China’s most important and dangerous new biological weapon in a decade. They call the stuff “Wuhan-400” because it was developed at the RDNA labs outside of the city of Wuhan, and it was the four-hundredth viable strain of man-made microorganisms created at the research center.

Wuhan-400 is a perfect weapon. It afflicts only human beings. No other living creature can carry it. And it’s like syphilis. Wuhan-400 can’t survive outside a living human body for more than a minute, which means it can’t permanently contaminate objects or entire places the way anthrax and other virulent microorganisms can.”

People are suggesting that Koontz’s Wuhan-400 has too many similarities to the coronavirus. Except for the bioweapon in the book has a 100 percent fatality rate while the rate for COVID-19 could be less than 10% even though the numbers are deceiving.

Still, there’s an actual medical facility called the Wuhan Institute of Virology which is a high-level lab that studies deadly viruses and just happens to be about 20 miles from where the first cases of the coronavirus were found.

The Wuhan lab was constructed in 2015 but did not officially open until 2017 when it received official accreditation. Its first project was taking on the tick-borne virus that causes Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever. 

The lab is considered a bio-safety-level-4 lab which means that it is one of 54 labs in the world that can handle deadly pathogens.

That’s a very creepy coincidence.

So creepy that Senator Tom Cotton is doubled down on a conspiracy theory that seems very close to the book and has openly talked about it on camera.

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Cotton has declared that the coronavirus outbreak is “worse than Chernobyl” and the Chinese government is lying about the severity of it. Also, he stated that the virus did not originate from the Wuhan Marketplace. Just a few miles away from the marketplace is the Wuhan Laboratory and he alludes it may be the origin of the virus. (Sounds a LOT like the Koontz book.)

From Cotton’s Interview:

“We don’t have evidence that this disease originated there,” Cotton said, “but because of China’s duplicity and dishonesty from the beginning, we need to at least ask the question to see what the evidence says, and China right now is not giving evidence on that question at all.”

The Washington Post wrote a scathing article about Cotton’s comments saying that the senator was intentionally spreading a “repeatedly debunked” fringe theory.

“Experts say there is no evidence the virus is man-made, and it’s “highly unlikely” it is the result of an accident in a lab”

Also, there is a band of scientists who are publicly publishing peer-reviewed papers on their findings of COVID-19 to make sure the facts are transparent and easily accessible.

In their statement on the Lancet website they had this to say:

“…We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin. Scientists from multiple countries have published and analysed genomes of the ausative agent, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), and they overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife…”

Cotton backtracked in a tweet saying the Wuhan lab theory was just one of four theories being shopped around.

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Then, Steven Bannon jumped in and defended Cotton (and Trump) on Fox News.

“The mainstream media and far-left [are] saying ‘oh he’s a conspiracy theorist,”‘ Bannon said. “All he’s saying: It’s incumbent upon the Chinese Communist Party and [Chinese] President Xi [Jinping] to come out and give all information… this is all Cotton’s saying.”

In another article, the podcaster stated that he knew the coronavirus would become a pandemic in January, talked about it on his podcast and warned Trump about it.

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Bannon said that he had spent time in Wuhan, China and had key resources and knew the government was hiding the real numbers of those infected. He also said that NASA had satellite photos that showed that China had an industrial shutdown.

Rush Limbaugh had to put his two cents in about the conspiracy theory. He said:

“It probably is a ChiCom laboratory experiment that is in the process of being weaponized. All superpower nations weaponize bioweapons”

He also said the coronavirus was no worse than the common cold and it was being weaponized by the media to take down the Trump administration.

“They are trying to use this coronavirus to scare the hell out of everybody in their madcap hopes of finding something that will get rid of Donald Trump. It’s exactly like the panic and fear mongering you heard for two years over Russia meddling in and stealing the election.”

And of course, Cheetos Dust had to perpetuate the myth that COVID-19 was a hoax.

From the Snopes website:

During a Feb. 28, 2020, campaign rally in South Carolina, President Donald Trump likened the Democrats’ criticism of his administration’s response to the new coronavirus outbreak to their efforts to impeach him, saying “this is their new hoax.” During the speech he also seemed to downplay the severity of the outbreak, comparing it to the common flu.

Cotton continued his narrative about China being a big fat liar in a series of tweets over the last few weeks.

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Here he is talking about his backtracked conspiracy theory:

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He seemed very glib in this one:

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The article from the Global Times he tweeted stated that a new study suggests the coronavirus did NOT originate from the animal marketplace in Wuhan. They believe that patient zero was a seller at the marketplace and the virus transmitted through human-to-human transmission in the latter part of November. The virus spread so quickly because the market is a heavily populated area and reached thousands of people in a short amount of time. The study also said that if there were more warnings in December about the possibility of an outbreak the coronavirus wouldn’t have spread so quickly and quietly.

The Daily Mail wrote a scary piece on how the coronavirus could have escaped from the lab and created a pandemic. The article is quick to point out that there is no evidence that such a thing has happened.

However, in 2004, the SARS virus escaped a lab in Beijing.

From the Daily Mail article:

“But worries surround the Chinese lab, too. The SARS virus has escaped from high-level containment facilities in Beijing multiple times, notes Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey. Tim Trevan, founder of CHROME Biosafety and Biosecurity Consulting in Damascus, Maryland, says that an open culture is important to keeping BSL-4 labs safe, and he questions how easy this will be in China, where society emphasizes hierarchy. “Diversity of viewpoint, flat structures where everyone feels free to speak up and openness of information are important,” he says.”

So, it’s not entirely impossible for the scenario to have some plausibility. Especially, since the Wuhan lab is equipped to work with animals.

From the same article:

In 2017, the scientists who spoke to Nature acknowledge the opportunity this presents for the development of vaccines and treatments. 

Regulations for animal research – especially that conducted on primates – are much looser in China than in the US and other Western countries, meaning these studies are less costly and face fewer barriers that could limit or slow them.  

But that was also cause for concern for Trevan. 

Studying the behaviour of a virus like 209-nCoV and developing treatments or vaccines for it requires infecting these research monkeys, an important step before human testing. 

Monkeys are unpredictable though, warned Ebright. 

‘They can run, they can scratch they can bite,’ he said, and the viruses they carry would go where their feet, nails and teeth do.    

Zero Hedge cited the Nature article and compared the Wuhan Laboratory to a real-life “Umbrella Corporation” from the Resident Evil franchise. In another article, the website interviewed a former Israeli military intelligence officer who said that the laboratory is associated with China’s super-secret bioweapons program.

Realistically, the Wuhan Laboratory most-likely didn’t have anything to do with the spread of COVID-19 but someone has to be blamed for it so why not Bill Gates?

Yes, that Bill Gates.

Jordan Sather, a QAnon Youtuber Influence and Agent of Conscious Evolution (his words not mine), tweeted about a 2015 patent for a “new fad disease” called “Coronavirus”.

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He’s right on one front.

There IS a patent for one strain of the coronavirus. However, it’s a weakened form of the virus that is being tested as a vaccine for bird and animal respiratory diseases. Pirbright, the company that holds the patent, does not currently work with any kind of human viruses. They only work with avian virus strains.

From a Buzzfeed article:

“The name coronavirus is a whole family of viruses. Each of these viruses has their own characteristics,” said Dr. Erica Bickerton who is an avian pathologist for Pirbright.

In the tweet below, Sathers found that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had a connection to Pirbright. They gave money to the company for a study of livestock antibodies. Thus, a conspiracy theory was born.

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A spokesman for the foundation had this to say in a Buzzfeed article:

 “The patented work cited in the conspiracy theories involved infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) only, and we made four changes in the gene responsible for replicating the virus’s genetic material. This has weakened the virus so it is no longer able to cause disease and has potential to be used as a vaccine, but has not yet been developed. The patented work was completed in 2015 and is not funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”

On the back of this conspiracy is another equally disturbing misinformation campaign. Sathers is also recommending an “oxidizer” that aids in curing everything from autism to HIV/AID to malaria to hepatitis and now the coronavirus called Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS).

According to Jim Humble’s website, he found MMS on a gold mining expedition in South Africa. He discovered that chlorine dioxide, the main ingredient in MMS, destroys malaria very quickly.

From Humble’s Blog:

“Realizing I found “real gold” when I discovered MMS, from that point on I’ve dedicated all my time and effort to helping others recover their health and to bringing this technology to the world.”

According to the FDA, MMS is basically a form of bleach and cause all kind of side effects including vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, kidney and liver failure.

Humble says to pay no mind what the FDA has to say. It’s all fake news after all. On his page called “Important Fact about MMS” he says:

“Fake news has been active in denying that chlorine dioxide (as MMS) helps fight disease and has confused it with common household bleach. They deny the truth by telling lies. Common household bleach (NaClO) destroys pathogens through chlorination. Chlorine dioxide (ClO2) kills pathogens through the process of oxidation, there is a big difference…. The FDA, EPA, and other government agencies have written many articles praising the use of chlorine dioxide on food and other uses (showing that it is not poisonous). Unfortunately, some of this information is disappearing from the internet…. The FDA and other government agencies have written articles branding chlorine dioxide as extremely poisonous, except they have praised its use on food.”

I guess that’s one way to make a disclaimer, but the problem is that none of his “facts” have any links or research articles to back up any of his rebuttals. So, if you want to know the truth you have to do the research yourself or just buy his product and hope you don’t die of liver failure.

In any case, Humble’s blog has a regimen for “preventing” and “eradicating” the coronavirus which includes taking hourly doses of MMS for 21 days.

In step 2, he says:

“Feeling worse after taking the MMS drops such as showing signs of nausea, diarrhea or headache is actually a sign that you are ridding your body of toxins. It is called a Herxheimer reaction. It indicates you are killing the disease, but you are killing it too fast—the point is go slow enough so as not to make yourself unnecessarily uncomfortable.”

Sounds a lot like what the FDA warned are symptoms of dangerous side effects that could KILL you but hey, what do I know? (More side-eyeing). If you want to take your health into your own hands then you can buy MMS at Humble’s church website for $45 a bottle.

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