Author Dean Koontz eerily predicted the coronavirus outbreak in his 1981 thriller “The Eyes of Darkness.”
The fictional novel tells the story of a Chinese military lab that creates a new virus to potentially use as a biological weapon during wartime. The lab is ironically located in Wuhan, China, and the made-up virus is called Wuhan-400.
In the novel, the virus is called the “perfect weapon” because it only affects humans. However, it cannot survive outside the human body for more than a minute and does not require an expensive decontamination process; once it spreads through a population and those who contract it.
Currently, the coronavirus which originated in Wuhan, China is causing panic throughout the world.
This chilling coincidence did not go unnoticed on Twitter; as users highlighted the similarity of the novel’s events to the real-life, where indeed; as it turns out, the coronavirus epidemic has broken out from a seafood market in Wuhan.
What’s more, according to a South China Morning Post article — the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which houses China’s only level-four biosafety laboratory that studies the deadliest viruses; is just 32 km from the epicentre of the current coronavirus outbreak
Manish Tewari, a former Information and Broadcasting Minister in India, posted a picture of the cover and a page from the book and tweeted: “Is coronavirus a biological weapon developed by the Chinese called Wuhan-400? This book was published in 1981. Do read the excerpt.”
Is Coranavirus a biological Weapon developed by the Chinese called Wuhan -400? This book was published in 1981. Do read the excerpt. pic.twitter.com/Qdep1rczBe
— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) February 16, 2020