The Coronavirus Collection: Prophecies and Predictions

Snopes fact-checks claims that the COVID-19 pandemic was prophesied by clairvoyants or "predicted" in works of fiction years before it took place.

9 Articles
  • Published 2 April 2020
9 Articles

Catastrophic events are often accompanied by claims that they were foretold by supernatural means or “predicted” in fictional narratives marked by “uncanny” resemblances to those events. Read our fact checks of those claims below.

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Did Nostradamus Predict the COVID-19 Pandemic?

If only people recognized "predictions" before the calamitous events they supposedly anticipate.

Did Self-Described Psychic Sylvia Browne Predict the Coronavirus?

Lobbing vague claims about likely events does not a prediction make.

Was Coronavirus Predicted in a 1981 Dean Koontz Novel?

A speculative anticipation of a possibility is very different than a 'prediction.'

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Did ‘The Simpsons’ Predict the Coronavirus Outbreak?

It might be time to raise our standards for "predictions."

Did the TV Show ‘My Secret Terrius’ Predict Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus, but not all coronaviruses cause COVID-19.

Is the ‘Umbrella Corporation’ Logo Oddly Similar to a Wuhan Biotech Lab’s?

Some concern arose over apparent connections between the video game "Resident Evil" and a new coronavirus outbreak.

Did Time Magazine Warn About Global Warming, Pandemic Years Ago?

Who could have seen this coming? Just about anyone who can read.

Did Fauci Warn Trump in 2017 That a ‘Surprise Outbreak’ Was Coming?

Dr. Anthony Fauci has led the NIAID for more than three decades, advising five U.S. presidents on global health threats.

Did the 1981 ‘Farmer’s Almanac’ Predict COVID-19?

An old "prediction" got a new origin story.