Nostradamus was a 16th-century apothecary and mystic who is believed by many to have predicted the future. The French physician is often credited with predicting the assassination of John F Kennedy in 1963 and the outbreak of World War 2 in 1939. Conspiracy theorists base their bizarre claims on Nostradamus’ 1555 book Les Propheties.
The tome is a collection of cryptic passages, known as quatrains, that rarely mention specific details, locations or people.
Conspiracy theorists are, however, certain the poetic quatrains can be deciphered to revealed clues about the future.
So what did Nostradamus have to about the year 2020?
And did the supposed seer have anything to say about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic?
Nostradamus predictions for 2020:
Throughout his quatrains, the French mystic strayed from naming specific dates or years.
Instead, any prophecy credited to Nostradamus is a personal and biased interpretation of a very vague and cryptic piece of writing.
However, Nostradamus’ followers have claimed he correctly predicted the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the death of King Henry II of France in 1559.
According to the website CuriousCosmos.com, Nostradamus warned the world of great earthquakes in North America in 2020.
Nostradamus also supposedly predicted a geological disaster that will strike the “New World”.
Nostradamus’ writings are exploited in a number of fallacious ways
Brian Dunning, Skeptoid podcast
On top of natural cataclysms, an economic crisis was also supposedly predicted for 2020.
One person on Twitter said: “Nostradamus predicted that there will be an outbreak of third world war in 2020.”
Another person said: “Nostradamus had a lot to say about 2020.”
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Did Nostradamus predict the coronavirus for 2020?
Many people believe the health crisis caused by the coronavirus was foretold nearly 500 years ago.
Although there is no proof to support the claim in Nostradamus’ writings, social media is rife with unfounded claims about the supposed prophet.
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One person said: “Nostradamus mentioned the Coronavirus in his prophecies 465 years ago.
“Nostradamus wrote in his book at 2:53 that in the year 2020, a city bordering the sea of East Asia would have an epidemic that would bring about a great tragedy in human history.”
Another person said on Twitter: “I know people don’t believe the prediction of Nostradamus, Edgar Casey, etc.
“But, all of them predicted a plague that would wipe out one to two thirds of the world population.
“I’m sorry to say I truly believe this may be it, the twin year 2020.”
Nostradamus’ naysayers, however, do not believe the French physician ever made any real predictions of the future.
Brian Dunning, host of the Skeptoid podcast, debunked Nostradamus’ prophecies on his show.
He said: “Nostradamus’ writings are exploited in a number of fallacious ways.
“Ambiguous and wrong translations, ‘creative’ interpretations, hoax writings, fictional accounts, and the breaking of non-existent codes within his quatrains all contribute to a vast body of work, all of it wrong, and many times the size of everything Nostradamus ever actually wrote.”
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