The Coronavirus pandemic is going to be remembered for aeons to come. The pandemic has brought the entire world to a standstill and is scaring the living daylights of the people with the mortality rates increasing day-by-day. Amid the Coronavirus outbreak, Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 film Contagion gained new popularity as it had depicted a similar virus. Now, the primary cast members such as Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne and Jennifer Ehle have teamed up with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health for a series of public safety advisory videos on dealing with the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Ian Lipkin, the director of Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity and one of the scientific consultants on Contagion, was also recently diagnosed with the COVID-19 disease. Contagion has witnessed an increase in its interest in the last few months as the fictional virus depicted in the film is similar to the Coronavirus. In the film, the virus jumps species from a bat to a pig in China and subsequently inhabits humans. The virus subsequently inhabits a cook in Hong Kong who passes it to Gwyneth Paltrow through whom the virus reaches the US and infects the world.
In the series of videos, Matt, Kate, Marion, Laurence, and Jennifer ask viewers to follow public health protocols like social distancing, self-isolation, self-quarantine and washing hands for 20 seconds. Watch the series of videos below.