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A Dean Koontz book from 1981 predicted coronavirus
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Author Dean Koontz eerily predicted the coronavirus outbreak in his 1981 thriller "The Eyes of Darkness." The fictional novel tells the story of a Chinese military lab that creates a new virus to potentially use as a biological weapon during wartime. The lab is ironically located in Wuhan, China and the made-up virus is called Wuhan-400.

In the novel, the virus is called the "perfect weapon" because it only affects humans. It also cannot survive outside the human body for more than a minute and does not require an expensive decontamination process once it spreads through a population and those who contract it.

The coincidence between the book's virus and the actual coronavirus outbreak is uncanny.

Chapter 39 reads: “To understand it, you have to go back 20 months. 

“It was around then that a Chinese scientist named Li Chen defected to the US, carrying a diskette record of China’s most important and dangerous new biological weapon in a decade.

“They call the stuff ‘Wuhan-400’ because it was developed at their RDNA labs outside the city of Wuhan and it was the 400th viable strain of man-made microorganisms created at that research centre."

Some have suggested this research centre could be referring to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is where China’s only level four biosafety laboratory is located. 

It has the highest-level classification of labs studying the deadliest viruses and is situated 20 miles from where the current COVID-19 first broke out.

Further excerpts of the book state that the virus as the “perfect weapon” as it cannot survive outside a host for more than a minute.

It adds: “Wuhan-400 is the perfect weapon.

“It afflicts human beings, no other living creature can carry it.

“Just like syphilis, Wuhan-400 can’t survive outside a living body for longer than a minute, which means it can’t permanently contaminate objects or entire places the way anthrax and other virulent microorganisms can.

“When the host expires, the Wuhan-400 within him perishes a short while later, as soon as the temperature of the corpse drops below 30C.

“They knew that the Chinese could use Wuhan-400 to wipe out a city or a country, and then there wouldn’t be any need to them to conduct tricky and expensive decontamination before they moved in and took over.”

Congress leader Manish Tewari tweeted screenshots of the book on his Twitter on Sunday night, clocking up more than 200 retweets and 700 likes since.

He wrote: “Is Coranavirus a biological Weapon developed by the Chinese called Wuhan-400?

“This book was published in 1981. Do read the excerpt.”

However, there are some key differences in the prediction and the recent strain of coronavirus.

The Wuhan-400 was apparently developed as a bioweapon with a 100 percent fatality rate, but COVID-19 has a fatality rate of 0.2 percent.

While the Wuhan-400 only has an extremely short four-hour incubation period, the COVID-19 requires an incubation period between 2 to 14 days.

Finally, the Wuhan-400 was said to only affect human beings, but the first cases of coronavirus are believed to have been from animal to human interactions.

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Source: FoxNews Express

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a virus closely related to the SARS virus. The disease is the cause of the 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak. It is primarily spread between people by small droplets from infected individuals when they breathe or cough. Time from exposure to onset of symptoms is generally between 2 and 14 days. Hand washing, maintaining distance from people who are coughing, and not touching one's face is recommended to prevent the disease. It is recommended to cover one's nose and mouth with a bent elbow when coughing.

People may have few symptoms or develop fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Cases can progress to pneumonia and multi-organ failure. There is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment, with management involving treatment of symptoms, supportive care, and experimental measures. The case fatality rate is estimated at between 1% and 3%.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend those who suspect that they are carrying the virus wear a surgical face mask and seek medical advice by calling a doctor rather than directly visiting a clinic in person. Masks are also recommended for those who are taking care of someone with a suspected infection. Masks are not recommended for the general public. The WHO has declared the 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). As of 19 February 2020, only Mainland China was listed as an area with known ongoing community spread of the disease.

Source: Wikipedia

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Dean Ray Koontz

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Dean Ray Koontz (born July 9, 1945) is an American author. His novels are billed as suspense thrillers, but frequently incorporate elements of horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and satire. Many of his books have appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list, with 14 hardcovers and 16 paperbacks reaching the number-one position. Koontz wrote under a number of pen names earlier in his career, including "David Axton", "Deanna Dwyer" , "K.R. Dwyer" , "Leigh Nichols", and "Brian Coffey". He has published over 105 novels, a number of novellas and collections of short stories, and has sold over 450 million copies of his work.