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Korean film The Flu (2013) imagined a city on lockdown because of H5N1.

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Hollywood hit Contagion (2011) is trending on iTunes because of the plot’s eerie similarities to current headlines.

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Hollywood hit Contagion (2011) is trending on iTunes because of the plot’s eerie similarities to current headlines.

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Outbreak (1995) imagines an Ebola-like virus infecting the US.

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And The Band Played On (1993) chronicles the early years of HIV.

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Netflix's new docu-series Pandemic focuses on health workers fighting virus outbreaks.

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Netflix's new docu-series Pandemic focuses on health workers fighting virus outbreaks.

Virus outbreaks in movies

Shows depicting global diseases are often respectful of science and mindful of the cost of human lives
Feb 21, 2020 5:50 AM

FROM STEVEN SODERBERGH’S 2011 hit film Contagion to Netflix’s new documentary series Pandemic, screen depictions of viral infections stopping entire nations in their tracks make for riveting viewing. But what’s impressive is that even the fictitious portrayals of outbreaks have tried to adhere