The day that Stephen King predicted the coronavirus

‘The Stand’, his novel published in 1973, included a ‘Super Flu’ that is similar to the COVID-19

There are crazy things in this world… And then there is the fact that Stephen King (the King Stephen for friends), Titan of Terror Transgenerational, has predicted the coronavirus. Well, yes: the prolific actor described a situation quite similar to that of the pandemic that cripples the planet in his book The Stand, published in 1978. And the good of Stephen to apologized for it.

Let’s go by parts. The Stand it is one of the classics made in King that tells how a deadly virus, known as Super Flu or Captain Trips, is widespread throughout the world. All those who do not have immunity to die, choking on his own mucus, until only a few remain alive to try to reconstruct something similar to the society. Sound familiar?

Is more, the book until he saw the small screen in a (pretty decent) adaptation for television of 8 episodes in 1994, was adapted to the comic several times, and is even doing a remake that will be transmitted by CBS All Accesswith James Marsden, Amber Heard, Greg Kinnear and other gems bizarre as Marilyn Manson doing the Trashcan Man and Fiona Dourif as Rat Man.

We are not the only ones who feel that the plot of the epic novel of more than 500 thousand words, to the point that many fans said they felt that they were trapped in one of the dark stories from the master of terror. Therefore, he decided to apologize and talk a bit about The Stand and the pandemic of coronavirus.

“It was meant to happen. There was never any doubt of that in our society, where travel is a basic element of everyday life, that sooner or later a virus is going to communicate with the public in general” said to NPR.

In part, it also appeals to the theory that the coronavirus is a kind of biological weapon created in the labs chinese. Is that in The Standthe viral pandemic is caused by a strain of flu that was being tested as a possible weapon. When a worker manages to escape from the laboratory after having been exposed, the Super Flu it spreads quickly and no one can stop it.

“I keep doing that people will say: ‘it Is as if we lived a story of Stephen King'”, said the famous author. “And my only response to that is, ‘I’m sorry’. King admits that he feels anxiety about the pandemic, but when he wrote The Stand in the 1970s, it was not his intention to provide for the future. On the contrary, the author wanted an epic fantasy style Lord of the Ringsbut set in the modern american.

The good news is that the Coronavirus is not as deadly as the Captain Trips. With a rate of spread of 99.4 percent, which makes it very easy to spread, once the Superflu infects someone, a painful death, it is 100 percent safe. Initially, the virus presents as a common cold, with the same symptoms, but as it progresses, the effects become worse and worse, which causes the infected to stay in bed and delirious. A very small percentage of the human population is naturally immune to Captain Trips, but you can not create a vaccine before the plague diezme the greater part of the world.

On the contrary, the coronavirus is much, much less a death sentence for those who contract it. It is certainly a threat, and should be taken seriously, most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without the need to perform any special treatment, he points out that the World Health Organization. About 1 of every 6 people who get the COVID-19 develops a serious disease and have difficulty breathing. According to WHO statistics, around 2% of the cases it is fatal.

Cover image: photo montage with images from Getty and the NBS.



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