Nostradamus virus prediction: Did Nostradamus predict coronavirus for 2020?

Michel de Nostredame, or Nostradamus, is considered by many to have been a powerful clairvoyant and prophet. Nostradamus' followers credit the 16th-century physician with accurately predicting the rise of Adolf Hitler in 1933 and the assassination of President John F Kennedy in 1963. Now, have claimed Nostradamus predicted the .

One person said on Twitter: "Y'all read #Nostradamus? I don't normally read old literature but yeah I guess maybe #coronavirus is something that was predicted."

Another person said: "French astrologer Michele Nostredame aka Nostradamus predicted coronavirus in a 1551 book #LockdownMzansi."

A third Twitter user said: "If u never read or even heard of the book of Nostradamus you should look into it...he's predicted so many things...including the coronavirus."

Nostradamus penned his supposed prophecies and predictions in the form of four-lined poems or quatrains.

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The majority of Nostradamus' writings was published in 1555 in the book Les Propheties.

The book, written in an amalgamation of French and Latin, is divided into chapters called Centuries.

Each Century contains 100 quatrains that do not appear to follow a chronological order.

The quatrains are also incredibly vague and rarely specify dates, locations or names.

But there are some mentions of plague and disease, people have linked to the coronavirus crisis.

Nostradamus wrote in 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."

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In another passage, Nostradamus wrote: "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."

There is, however, no evidence to suggest these prophecies are about the coronavirus.

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There is also no evidence to support the claims Nostradamus was a clairvoyant.

According to sceptic Brian Dunning, host of the Skeptoid podcast, anyone who interprets a Nostradamus quatrain does so with a great deal of hindsight.

He said: "How accurate are his predictions? You could fill a library with books claiming to match quatrains with major events in world history — all, of course, deciphered and published after those events occurred.

"The straight fact is that nobody has ever used Nostradamus' writings to predict a future event in specific terms which later came true."

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