Summary of Pandemic Outbreaks
The year 2020 has turned out to be anything but expected, from the Australian bushfires to tweets about world war III, the world has come to a standstill not by use of power or nuclear weapons but ironically through a pandemic. A disease, an illness, not visible to the human eye; affecting almost every country and part of the world. Taking a look back at history, the world has been brought to its knees, to a halt with other diseases. One such example is the ‘Plague of Athens’ in 430 B.C, causing a total of 100,000 deaths and lasting over 5 years, not sparing the young or healthy. In the 165-180 AD, the Roman soldiers brought back with them the ‘Antonine plague’ causing a total of 5 million deaths in the Roman Empire.
Similarly, a pandemic known to be ‘The Black Death’ spread from Asia to Europe and is said to have wiped out half of the European population of the time from 1346-1353. Taking a jump forward, the ‘Flu pandemic’ of 1889-1890 in a matter of months, spread across the world and killed around 1 million people. Recently, in the years 2009-2010, the H1N1 swine flu wreaked havoc with infecting 1.4 billion people across the world and as per CDC killing 151,700 to 575,400 people. So, Covid-19 as we all know it, might in its form be something completely new to the world but its havoc is creating a pandemic.
Sitting at home in self-isolation and quarantine can indeed get frustrating. Whilst, you might not want to read books or articles explaining the situation of covid-19, we thought it is best to suggest a few shows or movies about pandemics for you to understand the situation we find ourselves in.
7 Shows to Watch to Understand the Covid-19 situation
1. 93 days
This 2016 film is a direction and co-production of Steve Gukas. The plot covers the Ebola outbreak of 2014 in Nigeria and follows as to how it was successfully contained by hospital workers from Lagos. Having been imported to Nigeria through a ‘Liberian-American’ diplomat, the story covers how this epidemic was contained and how the men and women risked their lives to stop the spread of the deadly virus. It shows the sacrifices made by the people and the relentless efforts of the health workers to save the 21 million people of the megacity. Based on a true story, this movie aims to encapsulate the seriousness of epidemics and shows how they are fought to keep the world safe from massacres.
You can watch it on Netflix and Amazon prime.
Contagion is perhaps one of the most talked-about movies since the covid-19 outbreak. Most people believe that the covid-19 situation reminds them of the plot of the movie with directions of Steven Soderbergh and the stellar cast including Matt Damon. This 2011 film shows a virus outbreak transmitted through fomites and the story navigates the attempts made by health officials and researchers to contain the virus. To perfect the plot, the writer and filmmaker went as far as to consult epidemiological experts to make the movie as realistic as possible. The idea behind the movie was to depict a virus such as the SARS outbreak of 2002-2004 or the flu pandemic of 2009. Not only was the film loved by critics but even scientists praised it for its accuracy and thus we believe this will not just provide you with entertainment but will help provide you knowledge as well. It depicts a stark correlation to the covid-19 situation as a woman returns to the US from a trip to Hong Kong and dies mysteriously, only for doctors to find out later about the virus.
You can watch it on Netflix, Amazon prime and Hulu.
3. Pandemic: How to prevent an outbreak
4. The Hot Zone (Mini-series)
Having not seen the world on lockdown before, most of us find the situation rather odd. From China to Italy, from the US to Australia, every country, small or big, finds itself affected by this virus. As of this minute, 436,481 people across the world have fallen victim to covid-19 out of whom 19,642 have lost their lives to this disease. In a moment of panic and uncertainty, it is indeed on our minds to learn more about pandemics and therefore, these movies and series are the ideal fit to understand the situation better whilst you ‘quarantine and chill’. Not only will these provide information, it will also help us to hope for the better as all the previous pandemics had an eventual end as depicted in these movies, fictional and true stories, both.