The 5 Super-Deep Life Lessons We Learnt From Watching Pandemic Movies
These days, it feels as if we’re living inside a movie — not the lovey-dovey, cheesy, The Notebook-esque type — more like *swallows hard* those nerve-racking, grisly, horror kind. After Covid-19 hit the world, we’ve been seeing scenes that eerily resemble the movie Contagion before our eyes. Firstly, both diseases stemmed from animals (particularly bats); then, there were the coughing symptoms; and did we mention the mutation?
Fans of The Simpsons are suspecting that the creators had a hand in the plot as their predictions of this pandemic almost a decade ago are 9.9/10 on point! However, we sure hope that our real-life rendition doesn’t end exactly as they did. ICYMI: vaccines were administered according to a birthday lottery! Putting clammy palms aside, perhaps there’s more we can take from the movie (in fact, all pandemic movies). While some skimp on scientific facts, here are 5 life lessons we learnt from them.
Contagion (2011): Don’t believe everything you read
While we want to say our takeaway from Contagion (2011) was “hands off!”, there’s a more unsettling side we need to highlight — fake news. It’s easy to believe everything you read on Whatsapp or FB when you can’t think properly right now but keep calm and carry on.
Most of the info you see on social media are not backed with facts and are mostly laid out by selfish people looking to take advantage of the situation! For instance, in the movie, Alan Krumwiede, a conspiracy theorist, was obsessed with proving that the MEV-1 was a bio-weapon used to cause mass terror over a thanksgiving event. He pretended to infect himself and create a cure from forsythia. It’s a given he would heal but this led the public to believe his words and he made a profit from his so-called antidote.