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Contagion

Contagion

Contagion is a 2011 film directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Ehle, and Sanaa Lathan. The film is quite relevant in the light of recent events.

The film is based on how a disease spreads throughout the world and how no one knows what the source is. Its vaccine and cure is also not known to mankind. It is supposed to be one of the worst pandemics faced by the human race and this disease has only one cure- social distancing. The virus is a cross of the DNA of a bat and that of a pig. This film shows the struggles of doctors during such a period. It also shows how important it is to remain at home at times like these. It also shows how despite the fact that humans now pay more attention to luxuries, they require food, water and shelter more than anything else , especially at times of crisis.

The film exhibits the true nature of human beings during the time of crisis. It shows how much like an animal we still are and if there is shortage of food, we will do anything to take some for ourselves.

The cinematography, sound effects and visual effects are commendable. The scene transition is also smooth.

The current scenario makes it look like the movie has come true. The coronavirus pandemic is similar to one that breaks out in the movie. The disease in the film is transmitted by fomites, i.e., objects or materials which are likely to carry infection. Similarly, the coronavirus is also transmitted by fomites. The R-naught, i.e., number the expected number of cases directly generated by one case in a population where all individuals are susceptible to infection (The definition describes the state where no other individuals are infected or immunized.), is quite high.

I wrote a blog on this film to generate awareness about the coronavirus. It is very important for all of us to remain at our homes so that neither do we become susceptible to the disease nor do we spread it.

This film is an outstanding one and I would recommend all of you to watch it.

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