According to the publication, Contagion is not only plausible, but based on real events ... with a touch of Hollywood.
"The virus is modeled after SARS, the 2003 respiratory virus that caused a worldwide panic but fizzled out after causing only about 900 deaths around the globe. Unlike SARS, the 'Contagion' virus attacks the central nervous system as well, causing what Lipkin admits are more cinematic symptoms."
Lipkin also admitted that the vaccine developed for the fictional virus is developed "faster than it would be in real life" and that, to him, the film's plot is "something in the way of a wake-up call."
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As a PWC (Class of 1987), I don't need to see the movie -- I've lived it. I just wish they'd find a vaccine for the CFS virus so there's no Class of 2017.
We need to start a grass roots PR campaign, any time someone mentions this movie, tell them about your CFS and warn "this could happen to you" and WHY.
They had conclusive research into SARS after just 8 days. We've been waiting 28 years.