Steven Soderberg’s 2011 film Contagion is apparently making a comeback in the wake of a coronavirus outbreak in China.
The film, which boasted an incredible cast including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, and Matt Damon, tells the story of a global pandemic that begins when Paltrow’s character returns from Hong Kong with what she thinks is a cold. In a matter of days, however, her son is sick and she has died.
The film confronted the possibilities of such a virus thoroughly and though a cure was eventually found, the world was left decimated in its wake. It was a bit like The Stand without the supernatural showdown between good and evil. Not only was it compelling, but it was also quite terrifying at times.
According to Deadline, Contagion appeared on the iTunes Top Movies list within days of the outbreak of the virus in China. Were people just reminded of the film? Are they afraid and looking for pointers on how to protect themselves?
No one can say for certain, but if there is one thing any horror fan knows, it’s this: Horror and thriller films tap into societal fears, and it seems that, in this case, Contagion is having its day once again.
On a lighter, though somewhat more troubling note, it appears that quite a number of folks thought that the coronavirus had something to do with Mexico’s Corona beer?
USA Today is reporting that searches for the beer brand surged this last week along with searches for “corona beer virus” and “beer virus.” OF those that searched for the terms, 57% searched for “corona beer virus.”
The same article goes on to the address the spike in searches for symptoms of the virus and “what is coronavirus” which is much more understandable.
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