A Korean TV show on Netflix has gone viral on social media when an episode featured a deadly coronavirus back in 2018.
The tenth episode of the series “My Secret Terrius” which was released in 2018, mentions the illness “coronavirus”, which was used to refer to a number of viruses before it officially became named “COVID-19.”
A character in the spy drama is warned about a flu-like coronavirus with a 14 days incubation, which attacks the lungs and does not have a vaccine.
In the scenes from the show, a doctor informs the character of the virus saying that ‘We must do more research, but it looks like a mutant coronavirus.”
The character then compares the coronavirus to previous viral outbreaks, such as MERS, and SARS. Upon doing so, the doctor explains that “MERS, SARS, the common flu, all fall in the same family with the same gene information. The coronavirus attacks the respiratory system. What’s more serious is that the coronavirus has an incubation period of two to 14 days.”
The doctor also adds that “This virus was manipulated to attack the lungs directly within just five minutes of being exposed.”
When the character asks whether there a cure is available, the doctor responds “There’s no cure or vaccine available at the moment.”
In the prescient scenes from the show, the Korean Minister of Health And Welfare visits a class of children, where he performs a demonstration teaching them how to wash their hands in order to avoid contracting the virus.
Despite the eerie similarities between the virus discussed in the episode and COVID-19, such as the 14-day incubation period, which matches what health experts have said about the current virus, the word ‘coronavirus’ has historically referred to a family of viruses, which have caused major outbreaks in the past (SARS and MERS), including the common cold, before it was associated with COVID-19, which is not explicitly mentioned in the show.
Furthermore, the show describes the virus as a ‘mutant’ that is used as a weapon, with a mortality rate of 90 percent, which is much higher than the real-life figure for COVID-19, which as of March 28 is 4.6 percent.
Reactions to “My Secret Terrius” coronavirus scene on twitter:
Stop what you’re doing right now…. Go on Netflix… type in My Secret Terrius, go to Season 1, episode 10 and skip to 53 minutes. it's kind of suspicious.— Aditya Singh (@aditya_xing) March 27, 2020
This series came in 2018 and the first reported case of Coronavirus was in Nov 2019.#ChineseVirusCorona #ChineseWuhanVirus pic.twitter.com/KEpx8Au6fU
My Secret Terrius😬😬 #COVID19#MERS #SARSCoV2 #CoronaLockdown— Venance Majula (@vefama267) March 28, 2020
In the episode 10 of the TV series My Secret Terrius, the new #coronavirus is being talked about – and when was it filmed? https://t.co/XsUPMc7g37
Apparently there was a Korean TV series called My Secret Terrius (내 뒤에 테리우스) back in 2018 with a coronavirus storyline. Can you verify this clip showing Korean writers can see the future @extspace? 😱 pic.twitter.com/boZfykvxaG— Steven Mak 🇲🇾🇦🇺🇨🇮🇶🇦 (@StevenMak360) March 21, 2020
The film Contagion has also been highlighted for its accurate depiction of a global pandemic.
Steven Soderberg’s 2011 movie is a global action thriller that revolves around the threat of a fictional deadly outbreak that spreads worldwide, killing 26 million people worldwide.
According to Google trends, search interest regarding Contagion began increasing in early January of this year, despite having been available for nine years prior to the outbreak.
The parallelism in the sequence of events that occur during the pandemic in the film, resemble the events taking place across different countries amid the coronavirus outbreak, convincing viewers that the film ‘predicts’ COVID-19.
Reactions to“Contagion” on Twitter:
The cast of Contagion has a message for everyone. pic.twitter.com/rWWVMVa07Y— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) March 28, 2020
We who made #Contagion the movie know that you are watching it again now. This video is not about the “fictional” virus in in the movie but about the real pandemic we struggle with today. Thanks to the great actors & the super wonderful writer Scott Z. Burns for these messages pic.twitter.com/1z8WdTSkTt— Larry Brilliant MD, MPH (@larrybrilliant) March 28, 2020
#Contagion is exactly the sort of movie that should be aired right now to hammer home the fucking message that this isn't a bloody joke or the flu.— Theo Priestley (@tprstly) March 26, 2020
#Contagion— Akash Gupta 🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@akku27feb) March 22, 2020
What a coincidence 😱
How can it be…?
This movie is an exact "Mirror reflection" of the current COVID19 Situation going around the world.
Each and every scene of this movie is a reality now. pic.twitter.com/4npfjn8xkp