Sylvia Browne's prediction about coronavirus goes viral because of Kim Kardashian
13 March 2020, 13:16 | Updated: 17 March 2020, 12:12
Kim thought she had shared a passage from Sylvia Browne's 2008 book 'End of Days' but it actually might be Dean Kootnz's book 'The Eyes of Darkness'.
Coronavirus has already caused nearly 136,000 cases worldwide and claimed the lives of almost 5,000 people, and it's safe to say everyone is panicking – including the Kardashians.
On Wednesday (Mar 11), Kim Kardashian invited her doctor over to her house on Instagram Stories, to demonstrate how to greet people by bumping feet instead of a handshake. However, despite the advice, the same day, Kim tweeted a creepy excerpt from a book supposedly by psychic Sylvia Browne, that appears to have predicted the coronavirus.
It reads: "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 10 years later, and then disappear completely." Alongside the passage, Kim tweeted: "Kourtney just sent this on our group chat."
Although Kim claimed it came from a book by Sylvia Browne, others say it's actually a passage from Dean Koontz's 1981 horror novel, The Eyes of Darkness, which spookily mentions a bio-weapon called "Wuhan-400" (coronavirus originated from an outbreak in Wuhan, China). However, unlike coronavirus, "Wuhan-400" is a human-made virus with an 100% fatality rate and 4-hour incubation period in the book. The book is currently on the Amazon bestseller list despite being released 39 years ago.
Kourtney just sent this on our group chat pic.twitter.com/XyjGajY71d— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 12, 2020
Sylvia Browne, who passed away in 2013, was a medium who claimed to have psychic abilities. She created over 40 books on paranormal activity and regularly appeared on TV. In 2008, she released End of Days, a book containing various predictions about when the world would end, however, she often faced criticism for giving false predictions, including those related to missing people that she had claimed had died - but were later found alive.
Needless to say, Kim was dragged for spreading "misinformation" to her 63.9 million Twitter followers.
delete this dummy— not lindsay lohan (@drugproblem) March 12, 2020
This is irresponsible ma’am. Smh. U have literally millions of ppl who follow u who r probably on edge, and sending an “end time” message from a PSYCHIC is just......— D.D. King (@LookatDee614) March 12, 2020
Please don’t spread misinformation like this in a time of crisis. It’s super irresponsible. This is a public health emergency.— c b c 🍓 (@chelseybcoombs) March 12, 2020
So many people would die to know what's going on in the KarJenner group chat and turns out it's just Kourtney sending screenshots she saw about a fake psychic from Facebook. God bless America. https://t.co/w5FMqxdSub— Everyone's Business But Mine Podcast (@EBBMpodcast) March 12, 2020
Kim it’s really irresponsible of you to spread stuff like this. Do some research. Find the actual book with your own two eyes and then we will believe you. This is how false narrative is spread and therefore panic is started— erin leigh (@erinbrasher) March 12, 2020