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.

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Flu (2013): Don’t be that person, be responsible

In-Hye slips her infected daughter through examinations to avoid being sent to quarantine camp. | Image credit: IMDb

We can’t help thinking about how conflicting In-Hye’s character is in the movie Flu (2013). She is a doctor who’s clearly aware of how contagious the virus is, yet she still slips her infected daughter through examinations so she won’t have to be sent to the infected quarantine zone. It’s baffling but we can understand her intentions came from an anxious mother.

Speaking of which, we’ve observed that the public seems to fear being put into quarantine centres too. They blame the isolation faculty for increasing their chances of getting the virus, as they’re literally being put into confinement with people who are close contacts of confirmed cases. Some fled before being confirmed positive while some lied so they wouldn’t be treated differently. Well, that’s just irresponsible! Wouldn’t it better if they could be honest and seek medication? That would definitely increase your chances of survival too! So don’t be that person who goes out plaguing the society with the virus, be socially responsible!

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