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

  • Published on Oct 21, 2019
  • 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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    WIRED  27 days ago +1022

    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: tvclip.biz/video/BPLZOFIwoZs/video.html

    • Icie Flake
      Icie Flake 3 days ago

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

    • skankhunt 42
      skankhunt 42 3 days ago

      @Dinoz Rule i believe it was lol

    • skankhunt 42
      skankhunt 42 3 days ago

      @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

    • skankhunt 42
      skankhunt 42 3 days ago

      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.

    • mighty squeege
      mighty squeege 12 days ago

      Can you do a video about videogame viruses

  • JFomo
    JFomo 48 minutes ago

    This guy has the coolest job

  • Dominique M
    Dominique M Hour ago

    The Girl With All The Gifts was a brilliant book and movie. I highly recommend checking it out.

  • Alex Merrill
    Alex Merrill 3 hours ago

    Ok so I am in NO WAY saying I'm smarter than this expert, I'm just very curious as to why he said you wouldn't get decontaminated before entering an area with new organic material. Wouldn't you want to make yourself clean so you don't bring anything in that could hurt (in this case) an alien?

  • bad_habit_rabbit
    bad_habit_rabbit 5 hours ago

    "smallpox is farfetched" oh buddy, meet the antivaxxers lmao

  • Oliver Dahl
    Oliver Dahl 5 hours ago

    The measles are making a comeback...thanks anti vaxxers

  • Falan Hall
    Falan Hall 6 hours ago

    Lmao at the House accuracy

  • Gabi Garzon
    Gabi Garzon 7 hours ago


  • devin carter
    devin carter 9 hours ago

    5:00 imagine waking up and seeing all those eyes bruh

  • Kiya
    Kiya 10 hours ago

    we had to watch contagion in health. a nightmare

  • MrDavid849
    MrDavid849 12 hours ago

    I love experts

  • mandy Pe
    mandy Pe 12 hours ago

    It was nice i could see many of the mistakes.

  • juu nanago
    juu nanago 12 hours ago

    i'm a doctor you idiot

  • Joey Dyker
    Joey Dyker 13 hours ago

    smallpox was eradicated so the Soviets could weaponize it. They have found a way to have their nukes spread it at detonation.

  • Ezequiel Luna
    Ezequiel Luna 14 hours ago

    I keep watching these videos of experts reviewing movies and tv shows, and i keep ruining all of my favorites movies. Now every time i watch someting like that, in my head i go like "that's so unrealistic"

  • Tobias Brunner
    Tobias Brunner 15 hours ago

    turning into a zombie takes more than 10 seconds. how comforting.

  • Asad Miah
    Asad Miah 16 hours ago

    This made me laugh throughout! 😂😂

  • Jenn Nguyen
    Jenn Nguyen 17 hours ago

    I like this guy!

  • ekal enrique
    ekal enrique 18 hours ago

    The world war z virus is definitely above his paygrade..

  • GEE perz
    GEE perz 18 hours ago

    There was an outbreak in my country??? : o (Phil) why don't I know these things dammit

  • Console
    Console 21 hour ago

    ET decontamination going in.
    Pretty normal dealing with space stuff. Just as you don't want evil bugs killing humans, you don't want human bugs killing aliens, or rather Earth based stuff contaminating space stuff.
    Though it's a bit after the horse has bolted in ET as he's been wandering around riding bicycles through the sky.

  • NakedDog1
    NakedDog1 22 hours ago +1

    It's the 3rd time I fall asleep and wake up to this video

  • Manoochehr Sohrabi

    At some point directors should start to talk to experts before hand.

  • Wally Wang
    Wally Wang Day ago

    Is that program Pymol?

  • Reina Arana
    Reina Arana Day ago

    I saw contagion in health class
    It’s a good movie

  • Stephen Southard

    anyone catch that at 16:55 they covered up which actual diseases he said?

  • Veselin Nedkov
    Veselin Nedkov Day ago

    "To have a reaction like that though, where the blood jumps out of the petri dish and runs away - I mean it's cool, but this is pure sci-fi".
    Good to know XD

  • Han Lockhart
    Han Lockhart Day ago

    Informative. Thanks. Although here... 14:10 Surely if the situation is catastrophic and deadly enough, with a very rapid infection rate, there would be no choice but to quickly force infected people (who resist) into quarantine, even violently , for the sake of the rest of society, no matter how brutish it may seem. I think he`s playing down just how ruthless you`d have to be to contain a serious contagion.

  • pop5678eye
    pop5678eye Day ago

    It involves science and popular culture gets it wrong? What a shocker!

  • hollywoodshopaholic

    This guy’s level of expertise is so reassuring

  • Marco Antonio Guedes

    2:01 Just let him discover about antivaxxers...

  • Margaret Graham
    Margaret Graham Day ago

    Awesome stuff but no "The Stand"? Need a Chapter 2 please!

  • audrey M
    audrey M Day ago

    Glad to see contagion passed the test 😎

  • Roger Sy
    Roger Sy Day ago

    when he talks about looking at blood samples under a microscope it reminded me of my bio class where we saw samples of treponema or even what the malaria organism looks like in the blood sample. these samples are already dead lol you dont want the microscope slide to have still living syphilis probably. really cool labs for that class. i have to retake it since i dropped mmmm

  • Noah Kaysease
    Noah Kaysease Day ago

    since we've been through a few apocalyptic diseases u can tell

    • Kolli Wanne
      Kolli Wanne Day ago

      Well there have been numerous. Black death or spanish flu as uncontrolled examples.

  • rock climbing33
    rock climbing33 Day ago

    This is a great series ask a professional critique movies

  • Panji Bagaskara
    Panji Bagaskara Day ago

    OK Boomer

  • giannis psillias

    I hope the show the strain

  • Mechknight73
    Mechknight73 Day ago

    I'm surprised he didn't mention how the very concept of zombies is pure Hollywood fiction

  • J. St
    J. St Day ago +1

    10:06 why is there a guy with a swiss flag on his shoulder? the medic symbol is a read cross on a white base for god sake

  • HALO5TERROR 3879

    I’m officially not afraid of zombies anymore

  • Lucas Carman
    Lucas Carman Day ago

    Thought he was being racist when he said “let’s take a look at the scene with the monkey” and then the black guy showed up 🥵

  • Daniel Embree
    Daniel Embree Day ago

    This describes Third World countries to a T

  • C. Jones
    C. Jones Day ago

    oh this is one of my favourite one of these!

  • Helgali
    Helgali 2 days ago

    Arrival desinfection, where?

  • p H
    p H 2 days ago

    When I was travelling around Africa you couldn’t enter some countries without a temperature reading 🤒

  • valhallaforever1
    valhallaforever1 2 days ago

    What about Arrival? They do things right to begin with but then the linguist sees that the aliens are super smart and takes off all the PPE. That was super stupid.

  • Thomas Holst Johansen

    1:58 you're welcome.

  • Benjamin Mason
    Benjamin Mason 2 days ago

    Wish this guy would play Plague inc.

  • AD C
    AD C 2 days ago

    He should do the same thing but with games

  • BooknerdNova
    BooknerdNova 2 days ago

    "Kissing is a great way to get a virus." 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣

  • laura perez
    laura perez 2 days ago +12

    “ the ppe “
    Me, a full on young adult: THE PEEPEE

  • Yael Merlino
    Yael Merlino 2 days ago

    He deserved every applause. This guy is genious! I want more.

  • Snowden
    Snowden 2 days ago

    For ET it makes sense to decontaminate before going in because they wouldn't want to get the alien sick with human viruses (like in War of the Worlds).

  • Kathrina Layon
    Kathrina Layon 2 days ago

    Can anyone appreciate the fact that everyone clapped at the end of the vid?! 😍

  • sazopro
    sazopro 2 days ago

    He just critiqued Spielberg...

  • The Other
    The Other 2 days ago

    It’d be great go see him react to anti vax media

  • FuzzyNutz
    FuzzyNutz 3 days ago

    I would have liked to see him cover The Last Ship. That one always seemed pretty realistic to me.

  • Marta Plebańska
    Marta Plebańska 3 days ago +1

    At 14:05 imagine if she just had ovulation and that's why her temperature was elevated

  • Mary Susan Moore
    Mary Susan Moore 3 days ago

    I could watch this for hours