The 39-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star posted a photo from the 2008 book End Of Days, written by the late Sylvia Brown, an author who claimed to be psychic.
The excerpt claimed that a ‘severe pneumonia-like illness’ would occur globally in 2020.
Kim shared a photo of the circled passage to Twitter and copied it to her Instagram Stories.
‘Kourtney just sent this on our group chat,’ she wrote.
Browne wrote that the illness ‘will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and the bronchial tubes and resisting all known treatments.
‘Almost more baffling than the illness itself will be the fact that it will suddenly vanish as quickly as it arrived, attack again ten years later, and then disappear completely,’ she wrote.
Close: Browne wrote that the illness ‘will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and the bronchial tubes and resisting all known treatments’ in her 2008 book End Of Days
Weird coincidence: Some users connected it to a passage from Dean Koontz’s 1983 thriller The Eyes Of Darkness, which describes a ‘strain of man-made microorganism,’ called ‘Wuhan-400’
Browne wrote the book with Lindsay Harrison, and it was published five years before her 2013 death at age 77.
Fact-checking website Snopes.com points out that the SARS virus had occurred a few years before she published the book and might have inspired the passage.
Her description of a ‘pneumonia-like illness’ that attacks the ‘lungs and bronchial tubes’ seems to describe the respiratory illness fairly well.
However, most people who contract the COVID-19 disease well experience fairly mild symptoms, though people over 60 and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of complications or death.
Browne’s paragraph also goes far beyond this current outbreak.
The passage was quickly spread around social media, and some users connected it to an eerie passage from Dean Koontz’s 1983 thriller The Eyes Of Darkness, which describes a ‘strain of man-made microorganism,’ called ‘Wuhan-400.
The COVID-19 illness caused by the novel coronavirus was first reported in China’s Hubei province and it’s capital city Wuhan, although the virus was not man-made.