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4 Reasons to Watch Contagion During the Pandemic


The Coronavirus pandemic has confined millions of Americans to their homes. With a health crisis on their minds and nothing to do except stay in, people are naturally turning to digital entertainment. Thanks to the rise of popular streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu, there is no shortage of high-quality content available. Even the pickiest entertainment consumers find something to their liking on these platforms. So it comes as a surprise that most people are watching similar things.

Why Watch Contagion During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

These are tough times for everyone. Industries have shut down all over the world. The impact of COVID-19 on the film industry has not been any kinder. With production and filming halted on some of the most anticipated TV shows and movies of the year, people are turning to older content. As the war against coronavirus rages outside, people are watching more TV than usual indoors. One of the most-watched films right now is Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion.

Why are people watching a 2011 film about a fictional pandemic? The answer is very subjective. “Contagion” is an obvious buzzword in our current situation. That makes it very possible that many people just searched for the word and saw a movie about it. At the same time, there are bound to be people who have seen the movie before but find it appropriate to the current backdrop. And, of course, if your mind cannot see beyond a Hollywood lens, you may watch it to get an idea of what a global pandemic looks like. Here are a few more reasons to watch this film:

  1. Facing Your Fear
  2. Finding A Model to Respond
  3. Learning How Viruses Can Spread
  4. A Desire for Hope

Let’s examine these in more detail below.

Movies and TV Shows to Watch During Quarantine

Facing Your Fear

Ask any sane person how they feel about the current pandemic situation. In most cases, the reply will be various versions of the same feeling: fear. People are frightened of the worst pandemic to hit the world in a century. At least, sensible people are. There are, of course, irresponsible people still going out, risking infection, and spreading it to others through sheer stupidity. But for the most part, the world is terrified and has barricaded itself indoors.

A story similar to a situation that you are dealing with can help you face it. With most people frightened of the pandemic, Contagion can help you come to grips with that fear. Viral pandemics make people feel helpless. A virus is not a terrorist out for revenge or a serial killer selecting specific victims. It is silent, invisible, and in many cases deadly. Watching a screen version of such a helpless scenario can help people find comfort and deal with it.

Finding a Model to Respond

It is no secret that many people get their information from movies and TV shows. You’d be surprised how many people take what they see on a screen to heart. TV blurs the line between fact and fiction, and a good fiction film is bound to have some factual facets.

People are still very confused about the coronavirus. With rumors of it spreading from animal meat or bioterrorism or something more sinister, people don’t know what to absorb and what to reject. Digital consumers are constantly flooded with information about how to handle a pandemic. And sadly, most of this information is inaccurate.

At a time when people need to look at the bigger picture, a movie like Contagion can help. The movie offers a model that people can internalize to respond to the current pandemic. Whether it’s about exercising caution, or understanding how their government responds to such situations, Contagion offers useful information to Americans.

Learning How Viruses Can Spread

One of the most terrifying things about Contagion is the way it shows the fictional virus spreading everywhere. Innocuous things like holding hands or touching cutlery can turn out deadly. A man boarding a bus infects people on it. It can be terrifying, but also knowledgeable. Knowing that a seemingly clean surface can be crawling with diseases is bound to help social distancing. At the same time, the film also shows the CDC and WHO springing into action. This can help you gain an understanding of what not to do to avoid spreading the real-life contagion happening outside.

A Desire for Hope

Of course, everyone is trying to deal with the pandemic in their way. Some are trying to learn new skills. Others are catching up on their reading, writing, or art. Yet others are out helping the less fortunate. So it shouldn’t be shocking that some people are trying to deal with the situation by watching movies. Of course, movies like this don’t end with the death of everyone. There is suspense, there is a thrill, and there is a happy ending. I’m not going to give out any spoilers, but it certainly helps people believe that science is doing everything it can to find a cure.


It certainly is a tough time for all of us. But it warms our hearts to see people coming together to help each other out. Take, for example, Spectrum offering free internet due to the Coronavirus. Or fashion powerhouses like Louis Vitton manufacturing masks for the general public. The government is flooding cash into the economy to help American citizens survive this terrifying pandemic. Will we emerge through it safely? It is hard to say at this point. With the death toll in the United States crossing 10,000, it is undoubtedly one of the toughest times in human history. But with faith, care, and hope, we will get through this together. Stay safe and stay at home.

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