'Little House on the Prairie' Fans Think Show's Episode Is a Prediction of COVID-19 Pandemic
A health crisis similar to the current pandemic has been noticed on the "Little House on the Prairie" show. Fans thought the drama series offered a prediction of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A lot of fans of the old drama series was quick to point out that the show forecasted the novel coronavirus outbreak. They posted their thoughts on Twitter.
"Thought I would take some time away from the news and constant Coronavirus coverage - turned on an old rerun of 'Little House on the Prairie' and it is about a FLU EPIDEMIC - really?" one person wrote.
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The show was based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's books, which revolved around her childhood. The TV adaptation of the book ran from 1974 until 1983 on NBC, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The similarities of the show were even pointed by one of the actors. Melissa Gilbert, 55, who played the child Laura Ingalls in the series, said the show is relevant to what is happening today.
Thought I would take some time away from the news and constant Coronavirus coverage - turned on an old rerun of “Little House on the Prairie and it is about a FLU EPIDEMIC - really?— Matt Wahlert, PhD (@mattforohio) March 27, 2020
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The actress was among the people who got intrigued by the similarities of the situation. She added that people in the old times seemed to have foreknowledge about future outbreaks and how to combat these.
The observations were based on the episodes titled "Plague" and "Quarantine." They spoke about the prevention of a deadly disease, which Gilbert found to be relevant today.
The old American sitcom, "The Simpsons," also seems to have predicted a quarantined cruise ship.
"Even on that tiny scale, so much of what they were doing is now applicable. The town mitigated the situation by getting everyone to quarantine at home, putting the sick in one place and trying to find the source," Gilbert said.
In the 1975 Plague episode, the people attempted to control a typhus breakout in Walnut Grove in Minnesota. While in the 1977 Quarantine episode, an outbreak of mountain fever took place, with the whole town placed on lockdown.
The show was not the only TV series that predicted the pandemic. The old American sitcom, "The Simpsons," also seems to have predicted a quarantined cruise ship, as reported by Metro.
At present, over 3.1 million cases of coronavirus have been recorded worldwide. Over 220,000 people already died from the deadly virus.
In the UK, the death toll jumped to over 26,000 cases last April 30. As a form of prevention, lockdown and social distancing measures are still observed around the country.
In related news, Melissa Sue Anderson, who was part of the show, "The Little House on the Prairie," recently explained why she moved to Canada. She wanted to retire in the country for good.
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