Remember Contagion, that medical thriller film released in 2011? According to The New York Times, a considerable number of people are streaming the movie this month "because of coronavirus fears!"
In Contagion, Gwyneth Paltrow plays the role of "Patient Zero" and ***SPOILER ALERT*** dies during the first part of the movie. The film features a deadly virus called MEV-1 which originates in Hong Kong and is transmitted through touch. Its initial symptoms include—you guessed it—a hacking cough.
The film escalates quickly: Authorities scramble to find the source of the virus, there are millions of casualties, and there is worldwide panic. Good news, though: The movie ends with scientists developing a vaccine for MEV-1!
Veterinary pathologist Tracey McNamara, who worked as a scientific advisor for Contagion, said in an interview with Buzzfeed: "I wish people had paid closer attention to it when the film came out, because it really was a warning to the federal government that this could happen and you need to prepare."
As of the writing of this article, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines has reached 24. President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a proclamation declaring a state of public health emergency and declared that all classes in Metro Manila are suspended until March 14, 2020.
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