The 10th episode of Korean series My Secret Terrius, which was released in 2018, makes mention of the deadly illness, which has been used to refer to several viruses before it became associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.
However, in prescient scenes from the show that were highlighted by Adam Nowell, a doctor can be heard saying: “The coronavirus attacks the respiratory system,” adding: “What’s more serious is that the coronavirus has an incubation period of two to 14 days.”
She adds: “This virus was manipulated to attack the lungs directly within just five minutes of being exposed.”
When asked if there’s a cure, she responds: “There’s no cure of vaccine available at the moment.”
Unlike real life, though, the virus in the show – which is seen being compared to SARS – was “manipulated” in an attempt to make it more contagious, although it’s remarked that the coronaviru “sattacsk the lungs directly within just five minutes of being exposed”.
Another moment shows children being instructed to wash their hands to prevent the virus from spreading
Last week, a book by a self-proclaimed psychic saw a surge in sales after claiming a global pandemic akin to coronavirus would occur “around 2020”.
Another book that recently made headlines for seemingly predicting the coronavirus outbreak is Dean Koontz’s Eyes of Darkness.
Meanwhile, 2011 virus thriller Contagion has become one of the most-watched films online.