Disease Expert Breaks Down Pandemic Scenes From Film & TV | WIRED



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    Brian Amman, ecologist for the Centers for Disease Control, takes a look at disastrous pandemics from a variety of television shows and movies and breaks down how accurate their depictions really are.

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    1. WIRED

      To find out more about Brian’s work with the CDC, watch him in our video, All the Gear the CDC’s Disease Detectives Use in the Field: de-news.net/online/video-BPLZOFIwoZs.html

      1. Sir Hootsalot

        Small pox is not erradicated idiots are bringing it back

      2. Icie Flake

        Bring in a pyrotechnic pro (bomb expert) to brake down Hollywood bomb diffuses. Please!

      3. skankhunt 42

        @Dinoz Rule i believe it was lol

      4. skankhunt 42

        @Vincent M. hey bro......zombies exist....just not hoe you imagine......theres the cordyceps fungus that infects insect etc have a look into that.also look into the jewel wasp aka the parasitic wasp.there are other species of creature who can do this but these are the most well known.just remeber it doesnt take much for an animal virus to evolve and infect something else

      5. skankhunt 42

        you are listening to a guy speak about certain things that do not exist.for example the zica virus wwz............how can he try to explain something that is made up and doesnt exist.how can you be an expert on nothing real??????????????thumbs down and a big BS call.i for onee have seen a hazmat suit and had to endure the comforts for 18 hours a day over the course of 2 weeks.3 times a year i do this.and its called a preasurised suit here.im sorry but some of his caims are complete bs.

    2. thunderturd

      Rumor is, that there is a secure Vault near where I live, that contains Strains of Viruses like Marburg, Ebola, Smallpox, you name it. Well, that is NO Rumor.

    3. Josh R

      The only problem I have is he deals in "does not" and the better horror films about viruses deal in "what if". He never really answers that so much. Sure a lot of it is science fiction, but it's still fun to think about which is why these movies exist in the first place. Oh, also, shame they didnt touch on any clips of the first episode of The Stand mini series.

    4. Felix Go

      Imagine a Zombie apocalypse in real world conditions "oh no Jerry was bitten, he will turn into a zombie in one month what should we do?!"

    5. King Kross KTK

      why didn't you guys show him the end of Division?

    6. Helvetesfönster.

      9:33 UwU filthy pp.

    7. Miralys E.

      I'd like a little more information about last-minute-saving-an-infected-person, and them being miraculously fine soon after.

    8. Joe Coupon

      The Zombies genre is better explained via spiritual parallels, but virology is still fascinating! We do well to address possibilities via science fiction as it better prepares us for strange or horrible events.

    9. Eric Taylor

      7:20 I doubt that is the reason people lie to House.

    10. Angry Hippo

      Geez at 12.13, he not only uses an unsterile needle, he ISN'T wearing gloves, ISN'T wearing eye protect protection, OR a mask.....or a gown. So if he knows what the heck it is why the heck is EVERYONE IN THE ROOM not wearing protective gear???

    11. Peter Kottke

      Has the CDC ever had to deal with a disease outbreak that required a military response? It's nice to think we'd manage good infectious controls but once you start having thousands of infectees I think we'd start screwing up and taking shortcuts.

    12. Eschaton

      Too bad he didn't do the Swamp Thing series. Man, that was a mess!

    13. Lauren E

      It's not patient zero it's the index patient It's not cross over its spill over. It's not the hot zone it's the lab Way to ruin all the cool lingo..

    14. Darmok

      To be fair, the "blood" in The Thing wasn't actually blood, but the alien organism itself shapeshifted to _look_ like blood.

    15. Julia Santos

      Filmmakers should watch this video before making more 'virus' movies...

    16. Freeme Kawaii

      Cross contamination like wtf

    17. Freeme Kawaii

      The rna looked like rna to me but I don’t know a thing lol it just looked like it

    18. Luke Yeeterman

      Do you know my ex-wife? asking for a friend.

    19. Picky Boys Podcast

      He was very knowledgeable, but seemed to lack the understanding of the danger of some of these scenes

    20. Michael Farrell

      I like how he keeps saying "That's not how that happens!!!" as if protocol would be the exact same when half the world are zombies lmao

    21. 142doddy

      "The part in the Thing where the blood screams and jumps out of the dish is pure sci-fi" Thank God we had an expert to clear that up.

    22. chooky42

      4:05 Frankenediting?

    23. kekinho44

      3:47 This is the LAST SCENE of the movie.

    24. Jonathan schaefer


    25. Catherine Foy

      Contagion permanently traumatized as a child, and I still to this day have mega issues because of that movie!!

    26. Eric Hoover

      "I've never used the word event" *I love this guy*

    27. Athena Belle

      I didn't know Kyle Gass was an expert on disease

    28. Paul Staker

      I love love love Contagion. I wish every science movie would follow its design. Ultra real, non-dramatized science. Detail-oriented, as much real life as humanly possible. It's the best of both worlds: fictional drama and real life gravitas.

    29. Michaela White

      28 weeks later is not a zombie movie, it is a virus movie. In fact the virus in the movie is called The Rage Virus.

    30. Justin Soll

      If an alien landed here i think they probably would have to disinfect before entering into contact with the alien, because it may have diseases or virus' weve never seen but the same would be said about human diseases and such. Aliens probably have never come into contact with our "common cold" Itd be quite rude not to I think.

    31. MyLittleDashie 7

      "Let's take a look at the scene with the monkey" *cuts to black guy* Okay, I'm sure this was accidental, but did none of you think that that maybe this wasn't the best editing choice?

    32. Intrigue

      The Property Plant and Equipment

    33. KingThrillgore

      This video is basically "Here's what Contagion got right, and what everyone got wrong." And with good reason because Contagion is great. I've met a lot of CDC folks and they all consistently say that Contagion got it right, and is entertaining to boot.

    34. Smaakjeks K

      "We wouldn't use a live person as bait; let alone a child!" Man, you don't get to have any kind of fun at the CDC, huh.

    35. pavo6503

      I would LOVE to see one of these videos where filmmakers explained their thought and decision process regardig each of these inaccuracies.

    36. Joe Nathan White

      I think they decontaminated b4 seeing et so that they dont spread their human deseases onto him. I mean every bacteria thats harmless to us might be a problem for his immune system and as hes really weak in this scene potentionally lethal...

    37. Jane Smith

      I love him.

    38. FailedComedian

      Too bad they didn't ask him about the classic opening scene of Dead Alive AKA Braindead: de-news.net/online/video-O_GMXI7Pp6c.html

    39. FlamingAtheist

      "Smallpox was eradicated in 1980" *ANTIVAX KIDS WOULD LIKE A WORD*

    40. itz_Starr_btw

      we’re all forgetting the real fact check... plague inc.

    41. Al Ros

      Disease Expert: "smallpox was eradicated in 1980" Anti-vaxxers: "hold my autism"

    42. TheFancyTopHat

      So we need a fast acting virus to kill humanity?

    43. Larry Miner

      resident evil

    44. Jans Brits

      Like this guy

    45. 3rdworldgwaming

      This man destroyed Outbreak

    46. andi le

      wouldnt it be possible to turn into a zombie super fast when the virus is already spread throughout your body? you would just need something to activate it like a bite

    47. Michael Drane

      I liked this video the only part I have any kind of complaint about is the jumping around between movies/shows that happens. Otherwise awesome watch

    48. Alcxy

      what's with the svu intro voice over guy haha

    49. Frederick

      sees an alien... " a set of viruses that could wreak havoc on a community.... that would be the coolest thing ever"

    50. lekiscool

      This job would give me anxiety.

    51. Obsidian Breaker


    52. Emily Ye

      10/10 acting when he reenacted the guy saying "it's airborne"

    53. Brittany W

      I need more of him! He has so much knowledge

    54. Katie B

      Ugh! I hate wearing the PAPR 😝😝 Before they made them so the ears were out, doing a complete physical assessment was nearly impossible 😂 Couldn’t hear a darn thing lol

    55. haleysrebornbabies

      im such a nerd. this was fun

    56. Angela Williams

      totaly still contained there already was a outbreak

    57. RandomRobin

      No disease will stay eradicated while Anti-Vaxers exist.

      1. Awake A lot

        This is so true, sadly. In my country (Philippines) Polio came back because of lack of vaccinations but in our case it isn’t always out of choice so much as people here are so poor they can’t even afford that and that recently there was a vaccine for dengue that given to children that then died because there was a misconception about use of the vaccine. This caused a lot of paranoia and fear to spread and then wouldn’t ya know it, I get the news that Polio’s back

    58. Karl Johnson-Pickett

      I think there's a big disconnect between the scenes of people going into a room where there is a concern of bringing in outside contagions (E.T., Andromeda Strain, et al.) and where they're not concerned about bringing in things. Being military, we don't decon for going into a chemically-contaminated area, because we don't care about bringing nothing or trace amounts in -- they're already at a much worse state with higher levels of protection than we could hope to challenge. Conversely, they DO decon before going in to assemble space probes and the like, because they don't want foreign contaminants.

    59. Evan Okeefe

      I was with him until he said theres no alien coverup lol

    60. Stahn Aileron

      Everything this guy said is a bit sketchy... I don't trust his knowledge or experience. They should have my aunt Karen instead on this show. She told me she had like 30mins of intense internet research that vaccines cause autism. So far, she only lost 3 of her 4 kids. Would trust her with my life.

    61. Sean

      Hollywood loves to give out misleading information on so many things.

    62. g

      Can I like...have this guy’s job too??? Lol what major do I need to change to so I can do stuff like this

    63. 215WEApON

      Who else doesn’t trust what this guys telling us? As it would pertain to procedure of an outbreak. And what if they’re decontaminated themselves so they don’t get ET sick. Duh.

    64. Djemol Reis

      You can see that this guy doesn't play around, he will eliminate you instantly to safe the wider population lol

    65. K l

      Kind of sad he didn't review the maze runner lol especially with the fact they have a progressive zombie outbreak with signs/symptoms and the contamination is based on being scratched/bitten

    66. eth3rl0rds

      Kissing is a great way to get a virus! Mic drops! 😂😂😂

    67. Victoriaaa Trouble

      Aww I love him!

    68. ihavetubes

      decontamination is for the Alien I think, They don't want him to get infected with some human disease. 10:36

    69. F4T4LFUS1ON

      Kissing is a great way to get a virus who said romance was dead

    70. Bobby Fenris

      Hey, the thing isn't really an infection.. more like a complex colony of single celled organisms capable of making survival decisions. And you could decontaminate if you were going into a sterile isolated environment, as well as reenetering a non quarantined area.