Hansal connects Asterix to Coronavirus

The coronavirus has had the world on edge while scientists scramble to find a cure for the virus that has claimed the lives of thousands and infected many more. Amidst this deadly outbreak, many have taken to social media to share books, films,...

Hansal connects Asterix to Coronavirus
The coronavirus has had the world on edge while scientists scramble to find a cure for the virus that has claimed the lives of thousands and infected many more. Amidst this deadly outbreak, many have taken to social media to share books, films, television shows and many such media that “predicted” the coronavirus long before it became a household name. Bollywood director Hansal Mehta was the latest one to stumble upcoming one such interesting prediction.
Taking to Twitter, he shared a picture of an Asterix comic book and wrote, “What was the name of the Roman charioteer in Asterix and the chariot race? Interestingly it was Coronavirus and he also wore a mask.”

The photo of the comic book featured a character in named “Coronavirus” wearing a gold mask. This issue was reportedly published three years before the deadly Wuhan outbreak. In the comic strip, Asterix and the Chariot Race, Coronavirus featured as a masked villain taking part in the race. In this one, however, he is a Roman entrant in the race, backed by Julius Caesar, who puts pressure on the organisers to let him win for the honour of Rome.
While there are tweets doing the rounds of a ‘The Simpsons’ episode also predicting the spread of this virus, in reality, however, the word is said to have existed since the 1960s as a scientific term.
There are many kinds of coronavirus, such as the SARS virus that hit headlines in 2002-2003, or the current one known formally as COVID-19.