But there is another author who many claim predicted the outbreak of a deadly contagion in the years 2020.
In her 2008 book End of Days: Predictions and Prophecies about the End of the World, supposed psychic Sylvia Brown wrote of a pneumonia outbreak ravaging the world.
The book 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 has arrived, attack again 10 years later, and then disappear completely.”
The brief passage has sparked the imaginations of many social media users who believe it matches the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.