1.23.2020

The new coronavirus strain likely originated at a seafood market in Wuhan. Anyone else get flashbacks of the movie CONTAGION?

"The new coronavirus strain likely originated 
at a seafood market in Wuhan"
  
This morning I grabbed my coffee and was skimming the news when I saw the latest headline regarding the flu virus that's knocking China on their butts and spreading fast.  This mornings headline says it originated in a market in Wuhan.

Whoa.
Flashbacks to the movie Contagion, anyone?

Screenshot of the headline I saw as I sipped my coffee.....



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Stephen Soderbergh directed the movie "Contagion" back in 2011.  We liked the movie so much we bought it on DVD at the time.  I haven't watched it in a few years, but I might have to grab it from the shelf upstairs and watch it again now that the newest virus is raging through China.....
https://amzn.to/30MS4qQ
Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law.... 
Kate Winslet - a pretty good cast of characters in this one.

From the news:
 
News:  https://www.yahoo.com/news/where-did-chinas-coronavirus-come-from-131416813.html

"China’s mysterious coronavirus outbreak is inciting global panic, with 17 confirmed deaths so far.

Virtually unheard of a month ago, the new strain has struck more than 500 people both in its “native” China and beyond, reaching the US earlier this week.

Experts fear patient numbers may have reached as high as 9,700 in the city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, where it all began.

The strain triggers flu-like symptoms, including breathlessness and fever. In the most severe cases, victims succumb to pneumonia.
Most people will battle a mild coronavirus at some point, with strains of the pathogen being responsible for the common cold.

Coronaviruses can also trigger life-threatening epidemics, like the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak that killed 774 people across dozens of countries in the early 2000s.

The new coronavirus strain, 2019-nCoV, likely originated at a seafood market in Wuhan.

The market also sold a range of processed and live meat including donkeys, poultry, camels, foxes, badgers, hedgehogs and rats.

Most of those who initially fell ill worked at, or visited, the market.

“[2019-nCoV is] an RNA virus, which mutate all the time,” Professor Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London, said.

In simple terms, RNA is a “precursor” to the more well known DNA.

Constantly-evolving viruses can develop the ability to “jump” to new species."

At the end of the movie Contagion you see what started the pandemic...  the trees cut down in de-forrestation housed bats, which then flew away to find a new home.  Their poo dropped down to where the pigs were being raised as food for the markets. 



From the market, an infected pig was bought and prepared as a special meal in a top restaurant.  As he was to meet an important guest, he wipes his hands briefly on his clothing and goes out to meet her, shaking her hand and posing for a photo. 


A clip from Youtube showing the final scene, wherein you see how the virus started and spread
at the market.




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I'm a sucker for pandemic movies.  If you are too, you might be interested in some movies related to this post, available from Amazon;


Contagion (Plus Bonus Features)

  Containment

  Pandemic


  FLU

  Contagion (2011)