Nostradamus is the 16th-century physician and writer, who many believe could see into the future. The French mystic is often credited with predicting the outbreak of World War 2 as well as the assassination of John F Kennedy in 1963. Nostradamus’ followers base their bizarre claims on his 1555 book Les Propheties.
Nostradamus also supposedly predicted a geological disaster that will strike the “New World”.
Did Nostradamus predict the coronavirus for 2020?
Many people believe the health crisis caused by the coronavirus was foretold nearly 500 years ago.
Although there is no proof to support the claim in Nostradamus’ writings, social media is rife with unfounded claims about the supposed prophet.
One person said: “Nostradamus mentioned the Coronavirus in his prophecies 465 years ago.
“Nostradamus wrote in his book at 2:53 that in the year 2020, a city bordering the sea of East Asia would have an epidemic that would bring about a great tragedy in human history.”
Another person said on Twitter: “I know people don’t believe the prediction of Nostradamus, Edgar Casey, etc.
“But, all of them predicted a plague that would wipe out one to two thirds of the world population.
“I’m sorry to say I truly believe this may be it, the twin year 2020.”
Nostradamus’ naysayers, however, do not believe the French physician ever made any real predictions of the future.
Brian Dunning, host of the Skeptoid podcast, debunked Nostradamus’ prophecies on his show.
He said: “Nostradamus’ writings are exploited in a number of fallacious ways.
“Ambiguous and wrong translations, ‘creative’ interpretations, hoax writings, fictional accounts, and the breaking of non-existent codes within his quatrains all contribute to a vast body of work, all of it wrong, and many times the size of everything Nostradamus ever actually wrote.”