‘Contagion’ Adviser Regrets That the 2011 Movie Didn’t Do More to ‘Educate Younger Populations’

by Jeremy Spirogis

Many infectious illness and public well being consultants consulted on the 2011 film Contagion. Recently, they shared their reminiscences from engaged on the movie. They additionally revealed their ideas on the present COVID-19 world outbreak. One adviser, after seeing younger individuals on spring break amid the coronavirus pandemic, regrets that Contagion‘s educational efforts didn’t fairly attain the youth.

‘Contagion’ creators used analysis and knowledgeable opinions to information them

People benefit from the seashore throughout spring break at Daytona Beach | Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket through Getty Images

CBNC reported not too long ago that Contagion “incorporated input from more than a dozen scientists, emergency room doctors, bio-safety experts and epidemiologists.” They acknowledge that the “film is by no means flawlessly accurate.” Still, it did science higher than a whole lot of Hollywood movies do.

A financier for Contagion named Jeff Skoll noticed the film as “an opportunity to raise awareness about pandemics so that medical experts could get more funding.” But it didn’t cease with consciousness. After Contagion come out in 2011, “epidemiologists took advantage of the public interest,” CNBC reported. They launched a model new public well being device.

Called “flunearyou,” the device “tracked seasonal flu rates by asking members of the public to share their symptoms.” Boston Children’s Hospital’s chief innovation officer John Brownstein, mentioned of Contagion: “It was entertainment, but it was also advocacy.”

Brownstein is now exhausting at work on a coronavirus model of “fluenearyou.” He’s calling it–you guessed it–“covidnearyou.”

Scientific guide calls the 2011 film ‘very accurate’

Also quoted within the CNBC article is Natasha Griffith, one other scientist who consulted on Contagion. At the time, Griffith “directed the operations and safety program for [UCLA’s] high-containment research facilities.” She recalled the extreme coaching she did with the Contagion solid:

I’d spent complete days with the actors. I even keep in mind the submarine doorways we used, the place there’s a gasket that inflates between the doorways meaning you may’t open it instantly. So I practiced that with them, and we even counted to 10 to make positive that it was sufficient time for the sunshine to show from pink to inexperienced.

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Marion Cotillard and Matt Damon attend the Contagion premiere in 2011 | Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Griffith even requested Soderbergh to “stop moving through the lab and touching things without gloves.”

“In a real biocontainment lab you can’t have fingerprints on those stainless steel surfaces because you are in a suit,” she defined. But the scientist was content material with the movie as an entire.

“I was very happy they listened and it was scientifically very accurate.” Griffith informed CNBC.

‘Contagion’ knowledgeable says they may have performed a greater job spreading the ‘public health messaging to millennials’ earlier than the coronavirus pandemic

However, regardless of all its analysis and fact-checking, there are some issues Contagion by no means may have foreseen about an actual world pandemic. Dr. Mark Smolinski was one other knowledgeable on the 2011 film. Smolinski, upon seeing the movies of younger individuals on the seashore on spring break, realized one thing about Contagion.

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“It struck him that the film could have done more to educate younger populations,” CNBC reported.

“We need to get public health messaging to millennials,” Smolinski mentioned.

But each Smolinski and Griffith need the COVID-19 pandemic to be a “wake up call.” So, for those who overlook what occurred in Contagion–otherwise you simply (understandably) don’t need to rewatch it–let the actual factor be lesson.

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