It’s time to #ControltheContagion.
On Friday, the Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health debuted a new series of coronavirus PSAs in partnership with the cast and crew of the film “Contagion”.
The videos include important messages on listening to experts, hand-washing, social distancing and more delivered by Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne and Jennifer Ehle, all recorded at home.
“In a time of rampant misinformation, we need information we can trust and evidence-based public health precautions that we can enact right now,” the school explained.
More PSAs are also on the way as they are completed.
Interest in the 2011 film saw a sharp rise earlier this year as the novel coronavirus spread through parts of China and then the rest of the world.
“Contagion” quickly shot to the top of the Apple TV charts, and has also appeared consistently in the Top 10 most viewed movies and series on Netflix Canada.
The film, directed by Steven Soderbergh, imagines a fictional superbug that becomes a global pandemic as the world shuts down and experts attempt to find a solution to the crisis.
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are asked to self-isolate for 14 days in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others.
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.
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