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As the ripple of COVID-19 careens around the globe, it has lead humankind to innovate and change the way we work and live. The upside of where we find ourselves right now is that individuals and corporations will be more resilient in a post-COVID-19 world.

Now that the countries are striving to achieve a vaccine for COVID-19, we’d like to point out that some people already saw this pandemic coming.

So, without any further ado, let’s cut to the chase and talk about the people who predicted this pandemic.

1. Bill Gates

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Gates already warned President Trump about this and Gates and urged him that the U.S. needs to prepare for such a situation. He mentioned in an April interview with the Financial Times that a viral outbreak would likely happen “every 20 years or so.”

The coronavirus pandemic outbreak will cause future governments to have “standby diagnostics, deep antiviral libraries, and early warning systems,” he added.

2. Vaclam Smills

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Scientist Vaclam Smills made his point when he In his book, “Global Catastrophes and Trends,” he wrote that after 1958-59, 1968, and 2009 pandemics, the U.S. didn’t take any significant steps forward to combat against such virus’.

He also added that the country and the world are highly vulnerable to another pandemic.

3. Michael Osterholm

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According to CNN, Osterholm wrote in Foreign Affairs magazine in 2005 that, “This is a critical point in our history. Time is running out to prepare for the next pandemic. We must act now with decisiveness and purpose.”

He also said that the U.S. isn’t adequately prepared for a pandemic in his 2017 book, “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs.

4. Robert G. Webster

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In his book ‘Flu Hunter: Unlocking the secrets of a virus,’ the  Virologist and flu expert stated that the world isn’t prepared for another pandemic. He also wrote that it’s only a matter of time that another deadly, disruptive pandemic occurs.

5. The U.S. Intelligence Team

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In 2018, the intelligence community’s Worldwide Threat Assessment warned that a “novel strain of a virulent microbe that is easily transmissible between humans continues to be a major threat,” according to CNN.

They also added that the United States and the world would remain vulnerable to the next flu pandemic or large-scale outbreak of a contagious disease that may lead to massive rates of death and disability, severely affect the world economy, strain international resources, and increase calls on the United States for support.

6. Jeremy Konyndyk

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The former director of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance said a virus similar to the 1918 flu pandemic would emerge.

He added “at some point a highly fatal, highly contagious virus will emerge – like the 1918 ‘Spanish flu’ pandemic, which infected one-third of the world’s population and killed between 50 and 100 million people,”

7. Dr. Luciana Borio

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The former White House National Security Council (NSC) team responsible for pandemics has previously warned of a pandemic flu threat.

She also added that the threat of pandemic flu is the number one health security concern and if we’re ready to respond?

8. Massachusetts Public Health Officials

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They projected more than a decade ago that millions might become ill from a novel respiratory disease.

They also predicted that up to 1 million people in the state would need to be treated on an outpatient basis and that 80,000 would need hospital treatment, based on models developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

9. Dean Koontz 

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According to the Guardian, author Koontz’s “The Eyes of Darkness” (his 1981 novel), he referred to a virus called “Wuhan-400” – the city in China where the novel coronavirus originated.

10. Sylvia Browne

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The self-proclaimed psychic also predicted that a pandemic would hit the world. She also wrote in her book End of Days: Predictions and Prophecies About the End of the World that around 2020, a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and bronchial tubes and resisting all known treatments.

11. Steven Soderbergh

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Director and also the screenwriter of the movie ‘Contagion’ predicted the Coronavirus pandemic.

His movie is about a fictional illness called MEV-1, which becomes a global pandemic after a bat spread it to a pig who spread it to a person who didn’t wash his hands before shaking hands with another person.

12. Nostradamus

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There’s also speculation that the famous 16th-century physician, astrologer, and seer, predicted a “plague” similar to what has been seen with the coronavirus.

In 1555, Michel de Nostredame, or Nostradamus, published “Les Prophéties,” a collection of nearly 1,000 prophetic and poetic quatrains (four-line rhyming verses).

One of them reads:

“From the vain enterprise honor and undue complaint,
Boats tossed about among the Latins, cold, hunger, waves,
Not far from the Tiber the land stained with blood,
And diverse plagues will be upon mankind.”

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