Doctor Calls ‘Contagion’ a ‘Cautionary Tale’ Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

by Jeremy Spirogis

The 2011 film Contagion is coming again into focus because the coronavirus outbreak rages on. Writer Scott Z. Burns informed the story of a COVID-19-like virus that infects people the world over. Contagion has so many similarities with the coronavirus pandemic that one doctor lately referred to as the movie a “cautionary tale.” 

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Doctor believes coronavirus is worse than the virus from the 2011 pandemic film ‘Contagion’

Paul Carson, an MD physician from Pittsburgh, lately printed an opinion article for The headline learn: “Why coronavirus pandemic is worse than the movie Contagion.”

Dr. Carson wrote within the column that he “rewatched Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 movie Contagion.” With so many similarities, the doctor referred to as the film “a cautionary tale considering what we are facing today.” He continued: “While the film is fiction … I think it’s worth taking a closer look at the pandemic depicted in the film.”

Dr. Carson introduced up many options in frequent between the virus in Contagion and the COVID-19 outbreak. First, each are “highly contagious, transmitted easily through surface contact.” Both viruses have “common respiratory droplet transmission as well.” Also, every illness had a “high … average number of people who will catch the disease from a single infected person.” Very just like COVID-19.

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Still, Dr. Carson stated many issues make coronavirus distinctive. The fictional Contagion illness has a better fatality fee. This appears constructive, however Dr. Carson argues that in some ways, COVID-19 having a decrease kill fee makes it extra harmful. He defined:

In the movie … folks died rapidly. Paltrow was useless by the primary 10 minutes of the movie. By dying, she stopped her personal transmission of the virus to others. The host died, the virus died with that transmission.

Much like Ebola, Carson continued, “the high death rate helped contain the virus.”

The illness in ‘Contagion’ is definitely much less harmful than COVID-19

Dr. Carson is, in fact, “not wishing death on anyone.” However, an an infection that’s extra deadly is “a built-in containment mechanism.” COVID-19 doesn’t have that going for it. The author additionally factors out that Contagion‘s virus “had a very short incubation period — that is, hours.”

“With covid-19 infection, most will walk around for near a week without feeling any symptoms, unknowingly spreading the virus,” Dr. Carson lamented. He defined why this was dangerous:

When we do lastly really feel sick, if you’re fortunate sufficient to get a take a look at, then and solely then are you requested to ‘quarantine.’ By then, if you weren’t already sheltering in place previous to the testing, you most likely unfold it to a complete bunch of individuals.

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Dr. Carson needs folks to share info, to quell the unfold of coronavirus

Dr. Carson understands that this information is a bit gloomy. But he needs the article to be “shared with the people who are not taking this seriously.” Ideally, the U.S. can keep away from a lot of the chaos that plagued the characters in Contagion. But he warned that we’ve got to take motion.

“What you do now will affect the world, your country, your family and loved ones,” Dr. Carson wrote. “Be smart. Be safe. Share.”

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