Novel Published in 1981 ‘Predicts’ the COVID-19 Accurately; Calls it ‘Wuhan-400’

Last Updated on 2020-02-24 , 11:12 pm

Have you ever gone to a place that you’ve never been to and thought, hey, I think I’ve been here before.

You’re not the only one.

Many people use the words, deja vuto highlight the sense of familiarity they have with a totally new place.

And that could be what Dean Koontz, a renowned bestselling author, is feeling right now.

The Eyes of Darkness (1981)


In his novel, The Eyes of Darkness that was published in 1981, Dean Koontz tells of a Chinese military lab which created a virus as part of its biological weapon programme.

And it’s called Wuhan-400, given that the lab’s location just outside of Wuhan.

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“They call the stuff ‘Wuhan-400’ because it was developed in their RDNA laboratory just outside the city of Wuhan, and it was the four-hundredth viable strain of man-made microorganism created at the research center.”

To add on to the creepiness, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, China’s only biosafety laboratory, is located just 32km away from the epicentre of the outbreak.

This rating is the highest possible classification for laboratories and this particular lab studies the deadliest virus alive.

The thriller also wrote about the nature of the virus, saying that it’s the “perfect virus” as it cannot survive outside the human body for a long period of time.

Not The Only Book To Predict Covid-19

There’s another book, written by Sylvia Browne, called End of Days: Predictions and Prophecies About the End of the World. 

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Within the book, she wrote about how a “severe pneumonia-like” illness will sweep across the world in 2020.

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It will “attack the lungs and the bronchial tubes” and resist “all known treatments”.

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It’s Like A Monkey Bashing A Keyboard

While some wondered if these authors have superpowers in predicting the future, fellow notable authors have rubbished the idea.

Fiction authors, they say, often work in the realms of their imaginations and take references from past history.

In fact, Hong Kong crime author Chan Ho-kei believes that if you look hard enough, you’ll find prophesies all the time.

Like Futility, the 1898 novella which wrote about an ocean liner sinking to an iceberg. Just like Titanic.

He likens the prediction to the “infinite monkey theorem”.

Put a monkey in front of the keyboard and let it hammer away at it. Given some time, the monkey would’ve generated some words on the computer.

Kind of like how fortune teller always predict your future, since he or she can just come out with 100,000 different versions and one of them is going to come true.

It Doesn’t Matter If It’s A Prediction Or Not

There are conspiracy theories about how the Covid-19 is created by a man at the Wuhan laboratory but it has since been discounted.

At the end of the day, though, this is just something interesting to muse about.

What you really need to know about Covid-19 isn’t whether it was predicted or not, but how it comes about and how you can protect yourself from it.

Meanwhile, I’ll go search through fiction books to see if I can salvage any 4D numbers from them.

Who knows, I might just get lucky, eh?