Fans of popular video game Resident Evil have shared eerie coincidental links between the popular survival horror series and the recent outbreak of coronavirus in China.
If you've been keeping up with the news recently, you'll notice how the world's attention is largely focused on the recent outbreak of novel coronavirus. The number of cases since the outbreak has shot up to 11,791 with confirmed deaths up to 259 as of this writing.
Now granted that this is a serious matter of great crisis at hand, but one of the things that many people online have noticed is the uncanny resemblance of coronavirus with the viral outbreak in the fictional world of Resident Evil. If you're a fan of Capcom's renowned action survival horror franchise, you may want to stick around and see what we are on to about this comparison.
But first, we need to keep some readers up to date who are unfamiliar with either Resident Evil or the coronavirus.
Coronavirus isn't just one type of virus, it is a family of viruses that consist of strains potentially causing deadly diseases in both mammals and birds. These diseases could range from the common cold to more severe cases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV).
However, the recent outbreak in China gave birth to a new strain known as a novel coronavirus (nCoV) which is never been identified before in humans.
Common infection signs include respiratory symptoms, shortness of breath, cough, breathing difficulties and fever. In more extreme cases, the infection could lead to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, kidney failure, pneumonia, or possibly even death.
The standard suggestions to prevent any infection include covering the mouth and nose whenever one coughs and/or sneezes, regular handwashing, as well as cooking eggs and meat thoroughly. See anyone showing signs of respiratory illness such as sneezing or coughing, avoid close contact.
Resident Evil is a survival horror videogame series created by Tokuro Fujiwara and Shinji Mikami and is owned by video gaming company Capcom.
The story revolves around outbreaks of zombies and other types of mutations mostly created by a fictional pharmaceutical company within the RE universe, Umbrella Corporation.
On the surface, the Umbrella Corporation markets itself as a pharmaceutical company, but in reality, is been developing bioweapons behind the scenes and then having them sold to the highest bidder. The biological experiments within Umbrella are what led to the viral outbreak which turns people into zombies and other types of malformed creatures.
Now we come to the good part about the similarities or connections between Resident Evil and the coronavirus.
First of all, the outbreak of coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China. Okay so? One of the connections or coincidences if you like, made by fans of the Resident Evil series (we will discuss if it is true after), is that there's a biological research lab in Wuhan, China where its official company logo looks exactly like the logo of the Umbrella Corporation. The only difference is the coloring; the color of the logo for the Wuhan lab is blue-and-white whereas Umbrella Corporation is red-and-white.
But is this true?
This is creepy and there is a research lab in China with that logo, however, it was later proved that the lab is located in Shanghai and not in Wuhan.
Another bizarre coincidence made by twitter user Undoomed was the name of the virus that starts with Corona. The user states that this word is actually an anagram for "Raccoon", which happens to be the name of the very city where the events of the Resident Evil universe take place in. If you feel as if your parents are tightening up after this, then we wouldn't really blame you.
Now we’re not saying this research lab in Shanghai is secretly developing bioweapons or deadly pathogens that turn the common folk into vicious human flesh-eating zombies or some kind. But given that it is a biological research facility, RE nerds can't help but make that disturbing comparison.
But come on now! The very idea that people in the actual world we live in would develop something that would turn the world into a heinous and haunting post-apocalyptic world, is just asking for too much attention at this point. But yes, the one about the logo does really sets a chill of our spine, even though it's not located in Wuhan.