This started as a Facebook post and a Twitter thread, but I decided to post it here as well.
If you haven’t ever watched Contagion, I urge you to do so. This movie is a very good portrayal of the world we live in. The science is very good. It depicts the very panic buying we have seen. About the only thing missing is the politicization of the pandemic. I don’t know who the technical advisor was, but he or she was allowed free reign, and it definitely shows.
The virus, dubbed MEV-1, had its origins in bats, just as the SARS-like coronaviruses, including the cause of COVID19, does. In the movie, it passed through pigs. Influenzavirus type A does sometimes pass through pigs from birds to humans. It is believed that SARS-CoV-2 passed through pangolins, though I’m not sure how well determined that is.
I’ve heard people say no one could see COVID19 coming. That’s very not true. Contagion came out in 2011. And others, myself included, have expected things like this.