ITV Is Airing 'Contagion' On Thursday Night
ITV is set to air Contagion on Thursday night and we're not sure whether to cry or laugh about it.
As the UK is in isolation in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus as the death toll today hit 435, this movie is surely going to scare everyone sh**tless?
The film, directed by Steven Soderbergh which was released in 2011, is all about the spread of a deadly virus which causes a pandemic.
As the plot unfolds, it sees the rapid spread of the virus and the attempts of medical researchers and public health officials to try and contain it, as well as loss of social order. Eek!
The film, starring huge names including Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet, is of course a fictional one.
However, director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns were inspired by the SARS and Swine Flu outbreaks and even consulted with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help portray a more accurate picture of what might be.
And now of course, this film feels more real than ever with us all being told by the government to isolate at home or face fines as we try to fight a virus many of us don't even show symptoms of.
We're not sure whether it's a film we are keen to watch right now. A film about a pandemic whilst you're living a real life pandemic? But if you are crazy enough to want to watch it, then it's airing at 9pm on ITV2 on Thursday night.
Just remember when watching, the symptoms and prognosis are not similar to Covid-19. The mortality rate of the fictional virus in the film is dramatic at 25 - 30 per cent - coronavirus is absolutely nowhere near that.
The WHO's current figures show the rate is 5 per cent in the UK, but UK government scientific advisors have said it's likely closer to 0.5 per cent and one per cent, according to the BBC, as we still have no idea how many people actually have contracted the virus due to lack of testing.
Despite those key differences, the movie is hardly light or comedic relief during this time of crisis, but each to their own and all that.
At least it's something to watch whilst stuck inside, since Prime Minister Boris Johnson instructed the nation on Monday to stay at home.
He said in his address: "You should not be meeting friends. If your friends ask you to meet, you should say no.
"You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home.
"You should not be going shopping except for essentials like food and medicine - and you should do this as little as you can."
Explaining the seriousness of it he added: "If you don't follow the rules, the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings."
A little too close to home perhaps? Kind of still weirdly tempted...
Contagion airs at 9pm on ITV2 on Thursday 26th March.
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