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  24 days ago +992

    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: ru-clip.com/video/BPLZOFIwoZs/video.html

    • Icie Flake
      Icie Flake 3 hours ago

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

    • skankhunt 42
      skankhunt 42 4 hours ago

      @Dinoz Rule i believe it was lol

    • skankhunt 42
      skankhunt 42 4 hours 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 hours 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 9 days ago

      Can you do a video about videogame viruses

  • Mary Susan Moore
    Mary Susan Moore 2 hours ago

    I could watch this for hours

  • Spoons Down
    Spoons Down 3 hours ago

    I'd love to see what he thinks of the book The Stand!

  • jammydodger101380
    jammydodger101380 4 hours ago

    PCR is not a DNA test. It is a process for replicating DNA samples for testing.

  • Wabbitstewed
    Wabbitstewed 5 hours ago

    The biggest problem cinema has with creating a believable virus or what have you is the rate of infectivity vs. fatality. If something kills quicker than it spreads, it’s probably going to be easier to eradicate. But if it bides its time, builds up immunities and other adaptations, making itself more infectious under the radar without quickly killing its host, its far deadlier.

  • Wabbitstewed
    Wabbitstewed 5 hours ago

    Contagion does do, in my opinion, the best job of depicting a pandemic and how it would be approached by health organizations. While not entirely accurate (it IS a movie), it is the film out of this bunch that really did its research.

  • Wabbitstewed
    Wabbitstewed 5 hours ago

    If you did go through a disease checkpoint, the health officials would not want to cause a scene, because everyone would just go bonkers and there would be chaos. They would attempt to separate the sick quietly and calmly, but not against their will or with militant force.

  • Those Nerdy Metal Guys

    I loved the excitement he showed when discussing the opportunity to investigate new/extraterrestrial viruses. More evidence that nerds will save the world.

  • Harbinger
    Harbinger 9 hours ago

    the thing one is an xenomorph that mimicks things,and has fear of heat.

  • god_of_sound !
    god_of_sound ! 9 hours ago

    for ET contaminating before going in would be correct, to be shure the alien wouldnt get in contact with human deseases

  • The Crusher
    The Crusher 11 hours ago

    This video made me feel better lol

  • Alex Oliver
    Alex Oliver 12 hours ago

    wow i was expecting just a hater criticising the movies but this is actually really interesting 😂

  • jana cooper
    jana cooper 13 hours ago

    So was the black plague but now 2 people in china have it 11/14/19

  • Jimmy McGill
    Jimmy McGill 13 hours ago

    “Smallpox has been eradicated”
    Anti-vaxxers: am I a joke to you?

  • Conspire The Storyteller

    Why was the guy giving him the "chemical shower" not all suited up in protective gear?

  • Kyla Monique
    Kyla Monique 19 hours ago

    Brian: I love alllll these movies
    Also Brian: This scene has sooooo many flaws

  • Brandi
    Brandi 19 hours ago

    I'd watch a hundred more videos with Mr. Amman. This was really fun.

  • Charoñ West
    Charoñ West 20 hours ago

    Now too go watch The Crazies cheers 🍻

  • Trevor Vallo
    Trevor Vallo 21 hour ago

    *Hollywood:* I'm going to show how real these Zombie Viruses are and how fast they can infect people!!

  • al d
    al d 21 hour ago

    Disagree @14:21. This is clearly a military operation as well. So if martial law was declared or a state of emergency was declared sick people would be forced into isolation, not asked like this guy suggests. Quarantine "impose isolation on (a person, animal, or place)"

  • Ash Cash
    Ash Cash 22 hours ago

    I love resident evil ‼️

  • Harry Timmons
    Harry Timmons Day ago +1

    "Theoretically, that's how things WILL happen."
    What does he know?

  • VC YT
    VC YT Day ago

    This video just Flu by :-)

  • Carter Lacey
    Carter Lacey Day ago

    It's funny he says small pox was eradicated but in Washington there was a breakout of it like 6 months ago

  • James Field
    James Field Day ago

    I love that House bit sounds like he is arguing with him ha ha

  • James Field
    James Field Day ago

    So interesting

  • OlivePlayz
    OlivePlayz Day ago

    *me that haven't seen more than half of these videos*
    Guy:let's take a look at the scene with the monkey
    *sees black guy behind little girl*
    Me:ugh wtf.

  • Nadja Bergendahl

    I got an ad for antivirus software on this video. Nice touch there, RU-clip.

  • lehninger
    lehninger Day ago

    that was a protein structure at 3:30, not a virus. "the blue is virus" lol, no, you can clearly see α-Helices and β-Sheets. you must've cut when he commented on it, because i don't believe he wouldn't.

  • B Johnny
    B Johnny Day ago

    Makes sense to decontaminate before going in and out of a room with an alien lifeform. You wouldn't want to infect an alien with viruses found on earth.

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  • Punita Iyengar
    Punita Iyengar Day ago

    Infestation was missing I guess

  • Kage Oni
    Kage Oni Day ago

    how about video games depictions? since they're getting more realistic than some of the movies this year.
    voice actors accent would be a nice episode.

  • Sean Jones
    Sean Jones Day ago

    That model is just a protein. It doesn't have anything to do with what the lady is talking about in Contagion.

  • Stevo Karapandža

    Disease expert or more known as a doctor

  • Seraphina Vasiliev

    Here in Philippines. We can actually say that quarantine and martial law is not actually like in a movie. No arrest, no panic, might be a panic buying but there is no chaos. Actually we like martial law, no crimes and no criminals around.

  • Paul Fraszczynski

    Please consider doing:
    Firemen watching fire movies,
    Geologists/ volconologists watching earthquake/volcano movies,
    and professional fighters doing fight movies. :)

  • Hascuce
    Hascuce Day ago

    why would an alien virus affect humans... genetic material wont match

  • Claudia Díaz Arroyo

    Can we get a second part of this? Including the pandemic shown in Code Black? Pleeeeeaasse

  • vinohn
    vinohn Day ago

    He went 5-100, when the E. T. scene appears

  • Jayjay
    Jayjay Day ago

    Glad to know what is fact and what is fiction.

  • Old Smokey
    Old Smokey Day ago

    "smallpox was eradicated in 1980" *Anti-Vaxxers getting ready to prove this man wrong*

  • Chris G
    Chris G Day ago

    Got it in my mouth 😂. Missed the Strain but I loved it.

  • Punkrawk
    Punkrawk Day ago

    I would imagine they decontaminate before entering the isolation in ET in an effort to minimize contact between ET and earthly pathogens? Not that it does much good since the little freak's been eating candy that's been in an 8 year old's hands for the entire month...

  • Jessica Hall
    Jessica Hall Day ago

    he could've had a field day with "The Last Ship"

  • the dude
    the dude 2 days ago

    @Brian Amman If a situation like the Walking Dead T.V. show somehow actually happened what type of diseases/viruses would start to appear? Would there be new unheard of ones? or maybe some that have been eradicated possibly show back up?

  • BlackReaper23
    BlackReaper23 2 days ago

    i want Brian to do a break down on Dead Island. that game is by far the most real thing that gets close to real zombies and the way the viruses spread

  • António Fernandes
    António Fernandes 2 days ago

    That was funny just finished doing PCR in the lab

  • Fiona Lyons
    Fiona Lyons 2 days ago

    Brilliant insight calmly delivered. And to think this guy would love to be involved if alien life forms were detected just to see what kind of pathogens and viruses they might bring with them. These people are amazing - rushing in to fight against contagious diseases when - to be honest - most of us would run in the opposite direction. Heroes.

  • ittakir
    ittakir 2 days ago

    "Contagion" is the best and the only one truly accurate movie about viruses.

  • thatcanadianguy1991
    thatcanadianguy1991 2 days ago

    I'm sure it's already been said but about the ET thing. I was thinking where he mentioned they wouldn't really need to decontaminate before going in but rather going out. What if the point was so no human pathogens would be brought in rather than just alien pathogens getting out?

  • Pink Alligator
    Pink Alligator 2 days ago

    "smallpox have been eradicated" I dunno man, with the current crisis.. who knows

  • Sarwar Asif
    Sarwar Asif 2 days ago

    Don't care about his opinion. He never faced a zombie outbreak.

  • djmulder
    djmulder 2 days ago

    Now I'm curious if Brian ever was at an alien autopsi and just didn't mention it here * eyeballs *

  • Black Corp
    Black Corp 2 days ago

    Ebola anyone ?

    • Black Corp
      Black Corp 2 days ago

      Styx sent me ...nah kidding

  • Bopperooski
    Bopperooski 2 days ago +2

    **Spoiler alert** The scientist in "The girl with all the gifts" does get infected.

  • Marc Rindermann
    Marc Rindermann 2 days ago

    I wonder if Brian plays Plague Inc and what he thinks about it :D

  • Martin Decamerone
    Martin Decamerone 2 days ago

    Well in case of an alien u should disinfect going in and out. U don’t want the alien get infected either

  • Roti Abon
    Roti Abon 2 days ago

    Cordyceps is a fungi

  • Rene Holtman
    Rene Holtman 2 days ago

    Some diseases SHOULD be eradicated but good old antivaccination moms are bring them back.