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The medical consultant for Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Contagion’ has now tested positive for coronavirus

Last updated on March 26, 2020


Epidemiologist Ian Lipkin, who served because the medical consultant on Steven Soderbergh’s Hollywood drama Contagion, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The movie, about the spread of a highly contagious and deadly virus, has come back in public consciousness because the world grapples with the coronavirus. The movie, predictably, is having fun with a spike in reputation.

Lipkin, 68, revealed he had tested positive for the virus throughout an interview with Fox Business. He mentioned he had an thought of the place he contacted the virus however declined to elaborate additional, reported IndieWire.

“I would like to say on this show tonight, this has become very personal to me, too. Because I have COVID as of yesterday. It’s miserable. If it can hit me, it can hit anybody. That’s the message I want to convey,” he mentioned through the interview.

“It’s extraordinarily important that we harmonize whatever restrictions we have across the country. We have porous borders between states and cities and unless we’re consistent, we’re not gonna get ahead of this thing What New York, Chicago and Washington have done has been very, very helpful and I would like to see that implemented broadly across the United States,” he mentioned.

Lipkin, who serves because the director of Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity, was one of many main figures within the scientific research of the West Nile virus and the SARS coronavirus within the early 2000s.

He had additionally visited China in January through the coronavirus breakout there and had self-isolated himself for two weeks. Lipkin warned concerning the virus turning out to be a pandemic, which it has turn into, spreading to completely different international locations across the globe.

Lipkin had agreed to work on Soderbergh’s film as a result of the filmmaker promised to precisely symbolize the science behind the unfold of a virus.

According to Johns Hopkins twebsite, the whole variety of coronavirus circumstances stand at 436,159 globally. The epidemic has killed 19648 individuals world wide because it first emerged in China in December.

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