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Coronavirus: Psychic Sylvia Browne predicted outbreak in 2004 book but were her prophecies accurate?

In the book, Browne predicted that a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe in 2020 attacking the lungs and bronchial tubes
UPDATED MAR 20, 2020
Sylvia Browne (Getty Images)
Sylvia Browne (Getty Images)

At a time when coronavirus has gripped the world in fear, Sylvia Browne's prediction in her book has gotten everyone talking. Browne was an American author who claimed to have psychic abilities. In her book 'Prophecy, What the Future Holds for You' written alongside by Lindsey Harrison, a prediction about a coronavirus-like situation could run a chill down your spine today.

In the book that was released in 2004, Browne predicted, "In around 2020, a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe attacking the lungs and bronchial tubes and resisting all known treatments."

Browne also wrote, "Almost more baffling than the illness itself will be the fact that it will suddenly vanish as quickly as it arrived, attack again ten years later, and then disappear completely."

This prediction has baffled the world especially after Kim Kardashian posted about it on Twitter. While the first part of the prediction might be right, the second part about the illness disappearing is unlikely to be true.

The vaccine for coronavirus is still being tested and it will take sometime before any human trials are done. Dr Anthony Fauci, director of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, mentioned in a hearing, "I would hope within a few weeks we may be able to make an announcement to you all that we’ve given the first shot to the first person." 

Browne started her psychic reading career in 1947 and rose to fame while appearing on television shows and radio programs including 'Larry King Live', 'That’s Incredible', 'Coast to Coast AM' and 'The Montel William Show'. 

In 1986, she founded a ‘Gnostic Christian’ Church, known as the Society of Novus Spiritus. She was also head of the Slyvia Browne Corporation and Sylvia Browne Enterprises. Browne’s psychic abilities were often a leading cause of debate about the authenticity of the psychic readings. Browne has written many books such as 'Exploring the Levels of Creations' and 'Conversation with the Other Side'.

But how accurate and authentic is Browne's prediction? There have been very few instances where her predictions were accurate. She predicted that Arnold Schwarzenegger would run for a political office before his campaign for governor of California. She has also predicted that two people would be caught and arrested for the Oklahoma City bombing. Browne also prophesied that Jon Benet Ramsey’s case would never be solved and that Madonna would have another child with a different man.

These are just a few rare accurate predictions. She is, however, infamously known for her wrong predictions. The two most infamous predictions were when in 2002, Browne claimed that Shawn Hornbeck was abducted by a Latino man with dreadlocks and dark skin but when Hornbeck was found alive in 2007, it turned out that he was abducted by a white man. 

In 2004, Browne predicted that Amanda Berry, who was abducted, was killed and also suggested that her body has been disposed of in a water body and the killer’s DNA might be found on her jacket. That was a false prediction as two years later Berry was found alive with two other abducted women.

It is indeed a subject of debate whether to believe Browne's predictions. There is no saying if Browne’s prediction in her book is referenced to coronavirus.