10 Netflix Movies/Series to watch for building awareness on Pandemics


Aksara NKR - April 1, 2020 - Leave your thoughts. 6 min read

Everyone is inside their homes, locked down and maintaining social distancing to protect themselves.

Who would have imagined being in the situation we are in right now?
Definitely not me.

A casual conversation with my colleagues at Animaker started this topic. “How really aware are we about pandemics?”
We discussed the information we knew among ourselves but since no one had experienced this kind of pandemic earlier and we didn’t come to a conclusion.

Later at home, during a conversation with my grandmother (who lived through World War 2), she mentioned that the current lockdown was more strict than any of the lockdowns she had seen in her time. 

It became clear to me that COVID19 was more serious than anything we have seen in the last 100 years. So it is very important for people to understand the seriousness of the situation.

But, the issue is that people aren’t really taking things seriously. While most people have self-isolated themselves, there are some people still visiting malls, partying with their friends and even having sleepovers.

This got me thinking “What would it really take for people to understand the seriousness of things?”

Movies are the answer. 

Stuck between a section of people who have responsibly isolated themselves and people who are yet to realize what is happening right now, Movies seem like the only way to connect and convey the dos and don’ts in this time.

So here is my list of 10 movies and series that can spread awareness about Pandemics. From Empty roads, Empty supermarkets, and million more empty places, these movies not only connect with our current situation but also increases our awareness about pandemics.

1. Pandemic: How to prevent an outbreak (2020) - Netflix

A documentary showcasing how the doctors fought the war against lethal virus Influenza and how they abolished it with the cure.

Available on: Netflix

2. 93 days (2016) - Movie

A movie with the story outline of the Ebola virus in Nigeria. It explains how the virus was contained before it became an epidemic.

Available on: Netflix, PrimeVideo

3. 12 Monkeys (1995) - Movie

This movie is about a deadly virus named Kalavirus that is released by an army named 12 Monkeys. The plot of the movie involves travelling back in time and finding the cure for the virus.

Available on: Netflix, iTunes, YouTube, PrimeVideo

4. Train to Busan (2016) - Movie

A virus leak from the biological factory caused the humans to become Zombies. The apocalypse happens as the train moves from Seoul to Busan.

Available on: Netflix, iTunes, YouTube, PrimeVideo

5. Outbreak (1995) - Movie

A deadly virus wipes out a village in 24 hours. Skilled army doctors research & struggle to find a cure for the virus that was brought into the city by an African monkey.

Available on: iTunes, YouTube, PrimeVideo

6. Carriers (2009) - Movie

A movie about a virus that sweeps across the United States. The movie focuses on four characters who were the only survivors and how they survived throughout the pandemic virus spread.

Available on: PrimeVideo

7. Bird Box (2018) - Movie

This movie follows a mother and her children's struggles as they navigate a post-apocalyptic world while blindfolded to avoid supernatural entities that induce madness and death upon eye contact.

Available on: Netflix

8. Contagion (2011) - Movie

This movie is about an infection that is transmitted by Fomites and the doctors, healthcare professionals put their hands together to find the cure for this pandemic disease.

Available on: iTunes, YouTube, PrimeVideo

9. Virus (2011) - Movie [Malayalam]

This movie is based on the Nipah Virus that breaks out in the state of Kerala and how a group of individuals tries to contain the virus.

Available on: PrimeVideo

10. World War Z (2013) - Movie

This apocalyptic thriller is about a virus that turns people into zombies and how a former U.N. investigator seeks to find the mystery behind the virus to stop the outbreak.

Available on:  Netflix, AppleTV, YouTube, PrimeVideo

Now that you have some handpicked pandemic movies to watch from your home, isolate yourself and maintain distance from people as much as possible to avoid the further spread of the deadly COVID19. 

Right from the series Pandemic which shares the struggles of different doctors battling against the deadly influenza virus which shows us the precautionary measures that has to be followed during the virus outspread. This can help us with what we should do and what we should not do during this lockdown.

The other movies like Train to Busan, 28 days later, and others show how we should support ourselves, helping each other out when there’s nothing outside and the social forgiveness & the tendency to help each other is going to keep us going during this pandemic days. 

What else can you do to keep yourself safe right now? 

  1. Wash your hands - You have already heard this a million times but washing your hands is still the most effective way to keep yourself safe from the virus. Our hands are the no.1 way in which we interact with this world. So washing your hands every couple of hours can minimize your chance of infecting yourself.  WHO also recommends using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to ensure best protection when you don’t have quick access to running water.
  2. Maintain distance - In case you are going out to buy essentials or loiter around your house, maintain social distancing of at least 1 meter or 3.2 feet. This distance will protect you from any germs if anyone coughs or sneezes around you.
  3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth - If your hands contact any material or you touch anything, your hand can pick up viruses. Once your hand is contaminated, Viruses can enter your body when you contact your hands to your eyes, nose or mouth.
  4. Be responsible - If you have any of the COVID19 symptoms namely - Fever, cough, dry throat, difficulty in breathing. Seek medical care immediately, get yourself tested. If there are no such testing centers isolate yourself and avoid contact with anyone to avoid further spread.
  5. Abide by the rules & regulations - The experts are trying so hard to ensure the safety and wellness of the people. So, please abide by the instructions they give.In short, avoid public gatherings, maintain social distance, work from home, isolate yourself, go out only for necessities.

We at Animaker are fighting against the Corona outbreak by isolating ourselves and working from home. Check out what our CEO says : How we are fighting the Corona outbreak at Animaker.

We have also introduced new templates, characters for your needs during this outbreak to ensure the right information is passed everywhere. Check out out the blog on Response to COVID19


And finally #StayHome & #StaySafe


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