Contagion Is Real

07 Oct

I want to, but I still haven’t seen the movie Contagion, starring Matt Damon among others. I’ve read a lot about the film, however, and appreciate the extent to which the film’s writers consulted with public health practitioners to get the details right. The result, as I understand it, is a fairly accurate portrayal of what would happen in the event of a sudden global outbreak of a new disease. Many of my colleagues are praising the film. However, I’ve read comments from some of my contacts on Facebook about how terribly unrealistic the movie was. Keep in mind, the ones doing the criticizing are not public health folks.

Movie aside, however, the threat of a new pandemic is simply a mater of time. In fact, the world is currently awash in antibiotic resistant microbes ominously nicknamed “superbugs.” Catch one of these, and there’s precious little that can be done for you, and a very real chance that you won’t survive. How real is the threat? Well, let’s just say it’s not trivial. In fact, there’s a new website, the Resistance Map, created by the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy. It’s loaded with information that will enlighten and terrify you. Take a look at their various maps and charts, and then go wash your hands.

1 Comment

Posted by on October 7, 2011 in Uncategorized


One response to “Contagion Is Real

  1. Carol

    October 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Saw it a couple of weeks ago and was not disappointed, but I think they killed off Kate Winslet's character needlessly. She is very good at portraying scientist type characters and has the look as well. I was not annoyed at inaccuracies-thought it portrayed well at a level the general public could relate to, but a bit boring towards the end for those of us with medical/science/public health background or interest. Will buy the DVD.


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