Netflix is ​​releasing a documentary called Pandemic : How to Prevent an Outbreak

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The Chinese government continues to aggressively deny the magnitude of the danger of coronavirus, while quarantining cities with a population of ten million.

The largest media around the world are excitedly discussing the news that the infection has spread beyond the heavens.

The Internet reacts to this in its familiar style by loading a machine-gun belt of memes. Avid Mobile Plague Inc. Players They invite everyone to go to Greenland to save themselves from the epidemic.



At this time, Netflix is ​​releasing a six-part documentary called Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak, about what could happen to humanity if the 2018 flu pandemic is not stopped as soon as possible.

Netflix is ​​releasing a documentary called Pandemic : How to Prevent an Outbreak

Netflix is ​​releasing a documentary called Pandemic : How to Prevent an Outbreak

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Our film reviewer Denis Yuriev thought that this could hardly be a coincidence, and for almost 5 hours plunged into the world of conspiracies and speculations about the viral threat.

What definitely does not take away from the guys from Netflix is ​​the ability to maximize their content and adjust it to important social trends of our time. The “Epidemic”, obviously, was still in production back in 2018 and had nothing to do with the frenzy and panic currently underway on the imminent death of humanity from the deadly coronavirus.

But the ways of promoting this film on social networks indicated that the service really wants to hype on the hot news. Therefore, it is worth at least trying to find in this documentary work something useful for understanding the current problem.

From the perspective of a collection of stories about how terrible an influenza epidemic can become in the modern world, the film looks pretty convincing – and even tries to play any kind of pluralism of opinions.

The audience is introduced in a rather detailed and leisurely way to the project participants, who represent different sides of the conflict that has developed around this problem.

Here is New York’s chief virologist on fingers explaining the fatality of a deadly viral infection in the 21st century. Like, the epidemic of 1918, when communication between the countries was not so developed, and the world’s population was many times smaller, the flu was still able to take almost 10 million lives.

Now, given how many people make continental flights every day, these numbers can reach hundreds of millions. She is echoed by a specialist in virology from Washington, who is sure that sooner or later an outbreak of infection will happen anyway – and you need to be prepared for such a sad turn of events.

The main problem here, from the point of view of science, is the complete reluctance of the state to sponsor epidemic prevention projects, and most importantly, the parsimony of subsidies for the development of a universal flu vaccine. In support of these points, the film tells the story of a young scientist from California who, at his own expense, with the help of a few grants from the family of Bill Gates, is trying to develop a vaccine.

The guy and his team have to conduct experiments in third world countries, purchasing pigs from the local markets for experiments. The idea that a global problem that could turn a whole continent into a lifeless desert is only dealt with by enthusiasts with a muzzle in their pocket, is really scary.

Large US pharmaceutical companies are reluctant to invest in unpromising, almost charitable projects, lobbying for the creation of a public opinion that fears are exaggerated. And here it is worth considering.

If the capitalist world is so careless about the flu, which kills tens of thousands of people every year, then what can we say about the unknown coronavirus from 2020?

n support of the words of scientists, the documentary shows sketches from the lives of doctors who work in completely different social and financial conditions. A small village hospital, somewhere in Origon, a large hospital in India, a group of doctors from WHO struggling with ebola in Congo.

All of them face the same problem – the lack of care in the government, the unwillingness of large businesses to pay attention to the problem, and, most importantly, the human factor.

Paradoxical as it may seem, it is precisely the strange attitude towards people’s own lives that makes them most afraid of the flu, coronavirus, and all possible infections combined.

There is no more social scenario of the end of the world than the apocalypse from a deadly virus, and it is society that brings it closer with some fatal certainty in the correctness of its decision.

In the poorest India, people do not follow simple hygiene rules or do not want to spend money on a regular bus to get to the hospital from their village. In the Congo, the wild population prefers to be treated with the sacrifice of small livestock, or is generally convinced that it is the doctors who spread the ebola trying to kill them.

Hipsters from Arizona, changing the color of their hair more often than Artemy Lebedev in their videos on YouTube, hold demonstrations at the Senate, demanding the right to decide for themselves whether to vaccinate their children or not.

Netflix is ​​releasing a documentary called Pandemic How to Prevent an Outbreak

Netflix is ​​releasing a documentary called Pandemic How to Prevent an Outbreak


These guys in all seriousness stand for the freedom of their choice, thereby depriving everyone of this freedom and endangering those around them with mortal danger.

Seriously, in the United States, a country with enormous technical and medical potential, the measles epidemic is raging because of anti-vaccines, which in modern times can only be found in the poorest countries of the third world. And it absolutely does not matter what the heroes of the plot of the film in the morning drink – milk from under the goat, dirty water from an infected well or coffee in Starbucks with soy cream.

What unites them all is simply the pagan savagery, lack of education, concentration on delusional prejudices and unwillingness to think about the problem in a global way.

It is the idea that humanity itself brings the gun to its temple, the leitmotif passes through the entire documentary, making it not just a story about the spread and fatal consequences of the flu epidemic, but also an occasion to reflect on the current state of affairs.

How did the public react to the news about the new coronavirus, which is now raging in China? Jokes on Reddit, thoughtful Facebook posts about “I told you, all the evil comes from vaccinations and the Chinese!”, And assurances from Odnoklassniki that pharmacists just scare people like that, so that everyone buys more pills and goes to private doctors.

If a real pandemic happens now, nobody will essentially be ready for it. Neither India, nor Congo, nor the United States, nor our country, in which for several years at the official level they have denied another global epidemic.

In this regard, Netflix, of course, very timely released this documentary on influenza. Because it is not about him at all, but about human stupidity and utter carelessness.

They will become the cause of the end of the world, and not at all infected goods from Chinese Aliexpress. On the other hand, while the news in the media will force us to like the mimics about the upcoming epidemic, and not urgently run for vaccination, no documentaries will help here.

So you just have to sympathize with everyone involved in the creation of this documentary warning. Perhaps their work will be useless to the masses, because in the end, blindness always wins common sense. As if it were fatal for the future of these same masses.

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