The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has infected more than 284,000 people since it appeared unannounced last November. The virus’ sudden appearance in China and its rapid spread across the globe has led many to speculate about its origin.
Many have claimed the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was predicted by the 16th-century mystic Nostradamus.
Others have claimed the self-titled psychic Sylvia Browne knew of the coronavirus in 2008.
But the conspiracies have now been taken to a whole new level, with people claiming coronavirus was predicted by the Like A Virgin singer, Madonna.
Scores of people have commented under a YouTube video of Madonna’s performance of the song Future at the 2019 Eurovision song contest in Israel.
The live performance, which featured Madonna wearing an eye patch, and dancers in gas masks, was branded by viewers a forewarning of COVID-19.
One YouTube user said: “Her singing ‘Not everyone is coming to the future, not everyone is learning from the past.’ while pointing her finger at the audience, while wearing a crown (corona in greek is crown) while the dancers around her are wearing gas masks and massive fires and burnt buildings are shown on the screen behind her just hits different during a COVID-19 pandemic after massive fires in Australia and the Amazon rainforest… My inner conspiracy theorist is shook.”
Another commentator said: “This is evil. And people dancing around and clapping. Disgusting. She is telling you, not everyone is going to make it to the future. Coronavirus…”
A third person said: “So Madonna actually predicted 2020 Coronavirus calamities #coronavirus”.
One YouTube user also said: “When I first saw this, it felt off. Almost sinister. She knew all along. She knew what was coming.”
But, the outrageous claims are not unique to Madonna and people have been trying to explain the coronavirus outbreak with unsubstantiated conspiracies since its outbreak in China.
Many evangelists and hardline Christians have said coronavirus is a prophetic sign of the end times.
Scientists do, however, know what they are dealing with and it is a member of a large family of viruses.
SARS-CoV-2 is a new strain of coronavirus that emerged in China’s Hubei Province last November.
Although this particular strain has never been seen before in humans, coronaviruses have caused health scares in the past.
In 2003, for instance, some 8,000 people were infected with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV).
A new strain then emerged in 2012 in the Middle East and has been dubbed Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
In all three cases, the coronaviruses attack the respiratory syndrome with flu-like symptoms and pneumonia.
In total, scientists known of seven coronaviruses that infect humans.
The pathogens have been known since at least the 1960s although many more are believed to still exist in the wild, as seen by SARS-CoV-2.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are carried by animals and humans alike.