A writer for "The Simpsons" has joked that the show predicted the outbreak of coronavirus all the way back in 1993.
Mike Reiss, who served as a show runner on the hit animated comedy, took to Twitter to re-share a video of the 21st episode of the show's fourth season, "Marge In Chains", where the residents of Springfield were struck down with the "Osaka Flu".
The episode in question revolves around the residents of Springfield becoming addicted to juicing, leading them to mass order fancy blenders. But things took a turn for the worst when workers in Japan assembling the blenders got sick and spread the disease to Springfield.
After the Osaka Flu spread, the residents of the town descend into mass hysteria.
The Osaka Flu in the show is reported to have originated in Osaka, Japan instead of Wuhan, China – the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak.