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  28 days ago +1029

    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: thexvid.com/video/BPLZOFIwoZs/video.html

    • Icie Flake
      Icie Flake 4 days ago

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

    • skankhunt 42
      skankhunt 42 4 days ago

      @Dinoz Rule i believe it was lol

    • skankhunt 42
      skankhunt 42 4 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 4 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 13 days ago

      Can you do a video about videogame viruses

  • symonew33
    symonew33 2 hours ago

    “We don’t ever call it the hot zone” But are you going to now that it’s been put in your head?

  • Bobman9420
    Bobman9420 3 hours ago

    Every time a new scene was introduced, I was wondering "When is 'The Andromeda Strain' going to be introduced", and when I hit 13:10 I was happy, especially that it was the original one.

  • Tim Cantlin
    Tim Cantlin 4 hours ago

    You might even get to name him imagine how cool that would be

  • Angel Perez Rivas
    Angel Perez Rivas 6 hours ago

    Did I hear a laugh at 9:18 or 9:19? Lol

    BROJAK HORSEMALE 6 hours ago +1

    "This explosion is not accurate"

  • Grace Harney
    Grace Harney 8 hours ago

    i enjoyed the facts of this video and how things are done procedurally...there are a lot of things that are not possible, but maybe we're being lulled into a false sense of security. based on what we know so far, and based on what we've encountered so far, we know these are the facts. unfortunately, we haven't encountered every single organism in the whole universe, or even just this planet alone, for that matter, so we can't know for certain. that's what makes scifi so interesting, because it raises what-ifs all the time.

  • eli
    eli 10 hours ago

    my anxiety: *all of the clips shown here*
    the reality: *this man*

  • tdegler
    tdegler 10 hours ago

    Looks like "contagion" is only one pretty accurate?

  • Shay D. Mann
    Shay D. Mann 10 hours ago

    "this explosion is not accurate".

  • oops
    oops 14 hours ago

    I completely disagree sir! That Capuchin could have been there with Ace, but got lost and ended up in this other movie. Which is why he wasnt with Ace when he was trying to save the great white bat.... oh and Shiiiikaka!

  • TheTekknician
    TheTekknician 14 hours ago

    I would imagine this guy saying "gaze upon the fist of the CDC".

  • Lzero7
    Lzero7 18 hours ago +1

    I came here FOR Contagion and I am so glad it's 100% approved and accurate 😌😌😌

  • John Griffith
    John Griffith 21 hour ago

    Maybe there is something wrong with me but i was most disturbed by the fact that he stated they dont have the authority to force a person into isolation i would think if they found a person walking around with ebola or bubonic plague they just wouldnt let them walk around and infect the population

  • Erin
    Erin 23 hours ago

    I always thought the blood shot up in The Thing because it was part of the actual monster itself, not necessarily because it was a pathogen. Though I've always been under the impression that The Thing was an actual monster in itself instead of a virus.

  • JFomo
    JFomo Day ago

    This guy has the coolest job

  • Dominique M
    Dominique M Day ago

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

  • Alex Merrill
    Alex Merrill Day 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

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

  • Oliver Dahl
    Oliver Dahl Day ago

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

  • Falan Hall
    Falan Hall Day ago

    Lmao at the House accuracy

  • Gabi Garzon
    Gabi Garzon Day ago


  • devin carter
    devin carter Day ago

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

  • Kiya
    Kiya Day ago +1

    we had to watch contagion in health. a nightmare

  • MrDavid849
    MrDavid849 Day ago

    I love experts

  • mandy Pe
    mandy Pe Day ago

    It was nice i could see many of the mistakes.

  • juu nanago
    juu nanago Day ago

    i'm a doctor you idiot

  • Joey Dyker
    Joey Dyker Day 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 Day 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 Day ago

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

  • Asad Miah
    Asad Miah Day ago

    This made me laugh throughout! 😂😂

  • Jenn Nguyen
    Jenn Nguyen Day ago

    I like this guy!

  • ekal enrique
    ekal enrique Day ago

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

  • GEE perz
    GEE perz Day ago

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

  • Console
    Console Day 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 Day ago +1

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

  • Manoochehr Sohrabi
    Manoochehr Sohrabi 2 days ago

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

  • Wally Wang
    Wally Wang 2 days ago

    Is that program Pymol?

  • Reina Arana
    Reina Arana 2 days ago

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

  • Stephen Southard
    Stephen Southard 2 days ago

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

  • Veselin Nedkov
    Veselin Nedkov 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days ago

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

  • hollywoodshopaholic
    hollywoodshopaholic 2 days ago +1

    This guy’s level of expertise is so reassuring

  • Marco Antonio Guedes

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

  • Margaret Graham
    Margaret Graham 2 days ago

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

  • audrey M
    audrey M 2 days ago

    Glad to see contagion passed the test 😎

  • Roger Sy
    Roger Sy 2 days 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 2 days ago

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

    • Kolli Wanne
      Kolli Wanne 2 days ago

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

  • rock climbing33
    rock climbing33 2 days ago

    This is a great series ask a professional critique movies

  • Panji Bagaskara
    Panji Bagaskara 2 days ago

    OK Boomer

  • giannis psillias
    giannis psillias 2 days ago

    I hope the show the strain

  • Mechknight73
    Mechknight73 2 days ago

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

  • J. St
    J. St 2 days ago +2

    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
    HALO5TERROR 3879 2 days ago

    I’m officially not afraid of zombies anymore

  • Lucas Carman
    Lucas Carman 2 days 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 3 days ago

    This describes Third World countries to a T

  • C. Jones
    C. Jones 3 days ago

    oh this is one of my favourite one of these!

  • Helgali
    Helgali 3 days ago

    Arrival desinfection, where?

  • p H
    p H 3 days ago

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