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Did you see that 2011 movie, “Contagion”? Despite having an all-star cast, it was a disappointment since the writers put the interesting stuff at the front and then the rest of the movie went downhill. However, there’s a moment when Kate Winslet (as a CDC doctor) goes to the blackboard and explains disease spread. It’s the best part of the movie:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in close to 300 confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally. The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020. There are ongoing investigations to learn more.

Here’s a New York Times article about it.

The speed of global travel has changed the game for disease spread. Wuhan isn’t the stuff of fiction yet, but these outbreaks always make you think, “what if?”

Wash your hands; cover your mouth when you cough, and get your flu shot.


Dr. Fife sees patients at the CHI St. Luke's Hospital Wound Clinic in The Woodlands, Texas. For an appointment call (936) 266-2150.



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