Is coronavirus a planned attack or is it a natural virus? This question has boggled the minds of the people since the beginning of the outbreak.
Supporting it to be biowarfare, a number of conspiracy theories have also been proposed.
Amid the rising conspiracy theories, Netflix users across the globe have come across a bizarre coincidence connecting the current situation with the plot of a 2018 South Korean drama series.
My Secret Terrius (MST) is a 2018 drama series and the coronavirus pandemic was predicted in Episode 10 of its Season 1.
MST’s synopsis reads, “A secret agent who detaches himself from the world after a failed operation tries to unravel the mystery behind a neighbour’s death.”
The story develops as an intriguing murder mystery but in Episode 10 of Season 1, the plot comes to a discussion over the coronavirus.
In the 53rd minute of the episode, a doctor hands over some documents to a character and tells her, “We must do more research, but it looks like a mutant coronavirus.”
“Corona? Then MERS?” the second character replies.
“MERS, SARS, the common flu. They all fall in the same gene family with the same gene information,” the doctor says.
“The coronavirus attacks the respiratory system. During the 2015 MERS epidemic, the mortality rate was over 20 per cent,” the doctor adds on.
“But that’s not serious enough to be used as a weapon. Am I wrong?” the second character asks.
To this the doctor replies, “Like I said, this is a mutant virus. Someone tweaked it to increase the mortality rate to 90 per cent.”
The clip has gone viral in social media.
The series, however, is not available in India.
MST is the second international series, after Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 film Contagion, which is in the news for having a similar storyline.