The stars of Contagion reunited to offer coronavirus advice. They shared videos on YouTube, warning people about the severity of the issue. The Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University reached out to the cast and asked if they would do some PSAs for everybody that might be helpful.
About the film
This film was released in 2011 and is directed by the prolific filmmaker, Stephen Soderbergh. Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Sanaa Lathan have played an outstanding role in the film. The plot concerns the spread of a hypothetical virus which results in a massive outbreak in the whole world. This pandemic causes several deaths until a vaccine is invented to stop it from spreading.
Actors reunite to spread an important message
In the video posted by Kate Winslet, she said that she had played the role of an epidemiologist trying to stop the spread of a hypothetical virus in the film. To play the role, she had to meet some public health professionals who taught her that the most important thing to do in such a situation is to wash one’s hands.
wash your hands like your life depends on it.kate winslet
She emphasizes the need to wash hands because there is only one way to get infected from the novel Covid-19, which is, to come in direct contact with the droplets from the cough or the sneeze of an infected person.
Matt Damon, who played the role of a guy who was immune to the hypothetical virus in the film, confirms that the things they said on the video had been vetted by public health experts and scientists. He points out the difference between a situation caused by a hypothetical virus and a real-life pandemic.
I have no reason to believe that i am immune to Covid-19 and neither do you.Matt Damon
He highlights the need to practice social distancing. He also breaks the myth that ‘healthy persons are less likely to get infected from the coronavirus’ by pointing out that almost 40% of the people hospitalized in this pandemic are under 55.
People infected by COVID-19 usually show mild and moderate symptoms but in certain cases, it might also result in pneumonia and death.
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