‘Contagion’ Scientific Adviser Says We Should Have Taken the 2011 Film More Seriously

by Jeremy Spirogis

As the coronavirus outbreak ramps up within the United States, many are watching (or rewatching) the 2011 movie Contagion to quell (or gas) their anxiousness. Contagion is a few virus that infects a lot of the world, very like COVID-19 is at present doing. Upon rewatch, Contagion has fairly a couple of similarities with the present coronavirus pandemic. However, a scientist who suggested on the movie in 2011 stated that it’s too little, too late. She believes we didn’t take Contagion critically sufficient when it got here out.

Luciana Bozan Barroso and actor Matt Damon attend the Contagion premiere in 2011 | Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The 2011 pandemic film is common once more in 2020

Tracey McNamara is a veterinary pathologist and professor of pathology. She lately sat down with Buzzfeed News to speak about her time as a scientific adviser on Contagion. Buzzfeed defined that the Contagion “filmmakers reached out to her for advice because she was the veterinarian at the Bronx Zoo who helped discover the West Nile virus.” McNamara additionally was a part of the push to get “the Department of Defense to investigate the disease.”

The scientist isn’t too shocked that Contagion has a lot renewed curiosity in 2020. But, she informed BuzzFeed that she hopes folks watching it now study one thing from the 2011 film. McNamara stated;

If individuals are watching it once more, and if federal and state officers are watching it once more, I hope they’re realizing that the film was actually about what can occur with a novel pandemic risk, and I believe folks ought to have taken it way more critically.

The veterinary pathologist shared that the majority viewers didn’t take the film very critically on the time Contagion was launched.

“I wish people had paid closer attention to it when the film came out,” McNamara lamented. “… it really was a warning to the federal government that this could happen and you need to prepare.”

A pedestrian walks previous a shuttered movie show in Los Angeles, California | Mario Tama/Getty Images

She associated the coronavirus pandemic to her time coping with the West Nile virus. McNamara says it’s vital for our political leaders to say the appropriate factor. She informed BuzzFeed:

You’re going to listen to lots of people making all types of proclamations and bulletins, and each time somebody says one thing a few brand-new, beforehand unknown virus, I believe, You ought to select your phrases rigorously. You might should eat them.

‘Contagion’ scientific adviser talks about similarities to the coronavirus pandemic

The skilled on Contagion continued her ideas on the parallels between the 2011 movie and the present public well being disaster. McNamara stated:

The different factor that basically rang true in that movie is when somebody at a press convention asks the character who works for the CDC if this virus had been weaponized, and his response is, ‘Mother Nature weaponized it.’ And that’s additionally very, very actual as a result of that’s what we’ve been warning folks about for 20 years.

She continued that folks shouldn’t get too impatient to discover a remedy to COVID-19. The movie Contagion reveals a protracted vaccine improvement course of, in addition to a lottery system to resolve who will get it first.

“That rings true because to get a vaccine to market and approved by the FDA, it’s a very lengthy process,” McNamara stated. “… I think antivirals will be more important in the short term.”

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Steven Soderbergh, director of Contagion, on the 68th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino in 2011 | Dominique Charriau/WireImage

McNamara additionally informed BuzzFeed what she thinks all of us would possibly study from the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I think the lesson that will come out of this is we need to have another look at how we respond to rapidly evolving novel disease threats,” she stated.

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