DISINFO: Baba Vanga predicted a Russian cure against coronavirus
  • Outlet: riafan.ru (archived)*
  • Date of publication: March 25, 2020
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • Countries / regions discussed: Bulgaria, Russia

DISINFO: Baba Vanga predicted a Russian cure against coronavirus


Activists have found a prophesy of the [Bulgarian sooth-sayer] Vanga, where she talks about an illness, coming from China. Now they have found also a prediction about a medicine against this ailment. According to Vanga, it will be made out of Siberian cedar tree. The activists that have disclosed this prophesy are convinced that Vanga referred to COVID-19 and that Russian scientists will create a cure against it.


This is part of pro-Kremlin media, spreading systematic disinformation and confusion about the coronavirus. See a similar case about a "prediction" made by Nostradamus here. Global epidemics have spread occasionally in all of human history, with or without the "predictions" of soothsayers. The spread of suggestions of "miracle cures" might affect the trust in the health care system; people affected by the virus might be referred to medical professionals too late, with potentially tragical outcome.


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