Contagion: Why we should have taken 2011 movie more seriously

Contagion: Why we should have taken 2011 movie more seriouslyContagion: Why we should have taken 2011 movie more seriously

Cast your minds back to 2011 and Contagion, a movie all about how a deadly pandemic swept across the world, hit the big screen. Fast forward nine years and that deadly pandemic has now become a harsh reality in the form of coronavirus. At the time of writing, there have been over 510,600 confirmed cases of Covid-19 worldwide and over 23,000 deaths. Those figures are continuing to rise and many countries are now in lockdown to try and control the spread of the flu-like virus. Scenes that we once watched while chowing down on our popcorn are now playing out in real time, with even one of Contagion’s scientific advisors, Ian Lipkin, in a cruel twist of fate testing positive for coronavirus. Another scientific advisor, veterinary pathologist Tracey McNamara, has said she wishes people had paid ‘closer attention’ to the movie all those years ago, because actually it provided us with crucial tools needed to prepare for such a crisis. She told Buzz Feed News: ‘It really was a warning to the federal government that this could happen and you need to prepare.’ Preparedness is the world’s biggest chance at controlling a pandemic of this nature and Contagion seems to be one big ‘told you so’ that weirdly predicted these unusual circumstances playing out around us all now. Should we have taken the film more seriously? Probably. And here’s why. Contagion follows the story of Beth Emhoff (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) becoming the first patient to contract a deadly virus ...
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