February 14, 2020

Coronavirus, The Real life Contagion

Since it hit headlines in early January 2020, novel coronavirus (also known as Wuhan conorovirus or COVID-19) has been reminding many of the 2011 film Contagion. In this episode, we look at the history of the various real coronavirus' such as SARS and MERS, how they work, and if the nightmare scenario depicted in the film is something we should be concerned about.

 

Contagion is a 2011 film directed by Stephen Soderberg. In the film, the death of Beth Emhoff and her son leads to the discovery of a deadly virus that quickly becomes a pandemic. As the US Centers for Disease Control struggles to curb its spread, a worldwide panic ensues. 

 

Keep in mind, we are neither a news podcast nor a science one, and a lot has happened since we recorded this episode last weekend. For accurate up-to-date information, visit the CDC's website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

Or on The World Health Organization's website https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public and learn more about protection and treatment. 

Keep track of the situation and how it might affect you with The World Health Organization's map http://who.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/c88e37cfc43b4ed3baf977d77e4a0667 

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