The book titled 'End of Days' mentions a respiratory illness spreading around the globe in 2020 and it left a whole lot more to be undermined.
Sylvia Celeste Browne was an American author and publisher who has proclaimed herself to be a clairvoyant medium with psychic abilities. She made several appearances on television and radio, even hosting an hour-long online show on Hay House Radio. Browne was also featured on The Montel Williams Show, where she gained quite a bit of recognition due to it. Her book End of Days was published in 2008 and now has become a trending subject due to some of its contents.
According to Snopes, several social media users shared an image of a page from the book, which allegedly predicted the outbreak of Coronavirus. One reader had raised the question: “Did Sylvia Browne predict the coronavirus in her book End of Days?” Unfortunately, Browne passed away in 2013, so we don't really have a chance to interview her about it.
YEAR 2008 - American author Sylvia Browne in her Book End of Days, Did predicted the Corona Virus. pic.twitter.com/lE8f7alNqt— Omkar Gaikwad (@OmiTwitts) March 6, 2020
Apart from the book, Browne had made several claims that she could predict future events via her ability to communicate with spirits. Her statements were met with the backlash that she was accused of falsely informing grieving parents of their missing or dead children. All of these gave her the impression of being America's most controversial psychic. In one of her more famous "predictions," Browne told the mother of kidnapped Amanda Berry that her daughter was dead. But it was later revealed that Berry was still alive, and held captive by Ariel Castro in Cleveland, Ohio for about 10 years before she escaped and freed herself, along with her younger daughter, and two other women.
Now, getting back to the book, Browne wrote in the 2008 publication that a certain respiratory illness would spread across the globe in 2020. The exact passage from her book is: 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 arrived, attack again ten years later, and then disappear completely.
Though this is a more subjective prediction without any major citations, the fact that she used the term "respiratory illness" might have had something to do with the outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in the early 2000s. That being said, there is no doubt that COVID-19 is indeed a severe and grave crisis in the world, that has now afflicted thousands of individuals.
These people are not predicting shit. They’re writing things and making them happen.— Ladyy Acee♠️ (@Iamladyyacee_) February 21, 2020
Snopes went on to rate this claim with the tag "Mixture," stating that there was some truth in her statement—Browne was right about a respiratory illness spreading around the globe—but it left a whole lot more to speculation. Whether it was a lucky guess, or the book made a literary reference to the SARS virus, the actual message would be left for interpretation, more so since Browne is no longer with us to explain her statements.
"Although it could be argued that stating a respiratory illness would sweep through the world in 2020 was accurate, other elements of the book passage are unknown or unlikely, and of course “predicting” a worldwide outbreak of a respiratory illness when one has already happened could be more a matter of lucky guessing than predicting." the myth-busting website wrote.
Most of her other predictions have gone horribly wrong including the one where she said that there will be no Pope after Pope Benedict. This one is surprisingly accurate. One in Hundred.— COVID19. Corona Virus Updates (@TheSoupOfLife) February 17, 2020
Aside from this "prediction," another conspiracy theory that has been circulating the web is based on author Dean Koontz's science-fiction novel, The Eyes of Darkness, published in 1981. The book made a claim that there will be a killer virus called "Wuhan-400," named after the city, which would be released. They call the stuff Wuhan-400 because it was developed at their RDNA labs outside of the city of Wuhan, reads a passage from the book.