Nearly a decade have come to the fore from the release of Steven Soderbergh’s medical thriller Infectious Diseases,media reported. But amid growing concerns about the new coronavirus, the film has made it into the top 10 rental films on iTunes in the U.S. The film also reportedly became Warner Bros.’s second most popular movie of 2020.
COVID-19, the new coronavirus that causes respiratory diseases, has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide and continues to spread around the world. WHO declared a public health emergency at the end of January and subsequently classified the risk of the virus as “very high”.
To find out how the virus spread, people began to turn to movies. The fictional virus of the film “Infectious Diseases” – MEV-1 is clearly far more deadly and more Hollywood than COVID-19.
“We’re not scaring people that they’re going to die,” “Infectious Diseases” producer Michael Shamberg told Buzzfeed after the film’s re-streaming re-released, “we want to convince people that they can do something in this way.”
“It’s a well-designed cautionary film. We are right on a scientific level. “
In the film, Beth, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, returns to Minneapolis from Hong Kong, China, but returns home the next day with epilepsy, and although she is rushed to hospital, she eventually dies. An OFFICIAL at the CDC identified Beth as MEV-1’s “patient Zero.” The spread of the virus has plunged Minneapolis, the United States and the world into chaos. To solve this dilemma, scientists worked day and night to develop a vaccine. Thankfully, Dr. Hextall, played by Jennifer Ayer, managed to get a vaccine.
At the end of the film, the audience is shown the source of the MEV-1 virus — a mixture of genetic material from the pig and bat viruses.