The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic on Wednesday, March 11. The virus has spread to over 100 countries, with over 140,000 confirmed cases, and nearly 5,000 deaths. In such a scenario, where fear and anxiety has taken over people, the distribution of fake news is on the rise.
A photograph from "The Eyes of Darkness", the thriller novel by Dean Koontz has gone viral over social media with a claim that the novel predicted the coronavirus outbreak much before.
"A Dean Koontz novel written in 1981 predicted the outbreak of the coronavirus!" reads one such tweet.
Dean Koontz's novel "The Eyes of Darkness" predicted the COVID-19 pandemic.
The novel is a work of fiction, and hence any resemblance is a meagre coincidence. In "The Eyes of Darkness" novel the author made reference to a killer virus called "Wuhan-400" – eerily predicting the Chinese city where Covid-19 would emerge. But the similarities end there: Wuhan-400 is described as having a "kill‑rate" of 100 per cent, developed in labs outside the city as the "perfect" biological weapon.
Differences Between Novel Coronavirus and 'Wuhan-400'
In the novel, "Wuhan-400" has a 100 per cent fatality rate. While World Health Organization officials announced an average case fatality rate of 3.4 per cent. The fictional "Wuhan-400" has an expeditious incubation period of about four hours. However, for COVID-19, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath.
Therefore, there is no reason to believe that the famous novel predicted the COVID-19 pandemic long before its time.
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