Has anyone seen the movie? I saw it fairly recently and really liked it.
Here's the trailer: (Hmm can we no longer embed videos?)
I was curious as to how accurate the movie was, and found this post.
"It's very plausible," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which would investigate such an outbreak.
A new virus jumping from animals to humans? Nothing fictional about that. Global spread of a disease in a few days? In this age of jet travel, absolutely. A societal meltdown if things get bad? Plan on it.
Yikes. The only bit of relief here is that several experts think the odds are pretty long that a new virus could be both so deadly and contagious at the same time.
The team behind the film used several expert consultants and went to other lengths to get scientific details correct. That included working with esteemed Columbia University epidemiologist Dr. W. Ian Lipkin to create the fictional MEV-1 virus. It's modeled on the Nipah virus – a dangerous bug first seen in Malaysia a dozen years ago that spread from pigs to farmers."
So for discussion, have you seen it? Did you like it? Which parts did you think were realistic/unrealistic?
I saw it. It was fine - mildly annoying. No virus like that has every really overtaken the world. I think it is unlikely and fear mongerry. Hollywood movies like to exagerate things for effect - I do not take them too seriously. I suspect I am not alone in not taking them too seriously
I saw it and didn't like it. It was boring and unrealistic. New diseases might spread from animal to human but I think they'd take longer to spread and it would be easier to quarantine people in many countries even if it did, especially by using tracking tools associated with phones, ipods, cars, etc...
OMG! I loved it! Propaganda is my favourite genre of film! Martial Law rocks!
Can't wait to see the CDC anthrax screw-up brought to the big screen or a film about viruses concocted in the lab that escape, killing millions.
There is a book called Resistance. I forget the author but it's the same story line as Contagion except the virus is a mutation of a synthetic Anthrax that someone sent out to kill someone else. It's such a fascinating idea, but I don't know if it could -actually- happen.
Off topic a bit, but I love your wording. Vax critics get accused to being "first world" for declining one or more vaccines. But yes, the first-worlders may actually be the mommy play groups who kick out non-compliant mothers because they're worried about chicken pox. They sound so out of touch with REAL problems like ebola in Africa.
Or the long running cholera situation in Haiti.
Thank you, Turquesa for your kind words.
Thank you, Deborah, for reminding us that just off our shores, a cholera epidemic has been festering for years.
We all need to just sit back and get our priorities straight.