In 2011, Kate Winslet starred in the movie “Contagion”. In the film, Winslet was an infectious disease expert on the hunt for a deadly virus. “Dr. Anne Schuchat, the salt-and-pepper-haired little director of the CDC’s National Vaccination and Respiratory Disease Center, says Winslet’s character was inspired by her career, and in particular her experience with SARS follow-up. in China in 2003. ” NPR reported. Strangely, at the time of the film’s release, the CDC director reiterated “that the film’s script, in which a billion people are infected with a new virus, was designed for entertainment purposes.” According to the director, Dr Thomas Frieden, he only considered such an event as a “plausible worst-case scenario”.
The film took on new life a decade later with viewers quarantined during a true global pandemic caused by COVID-19. This puzzled Winslet, who, while he was on “The Graham Norton Show“, explained,” why everyone would watch “Contagion”, this is a horrific global pandemic in which many people are dying. “In fact, her film experience helped her prepare for the real threat of the COVID-19 virus. The actor revealed that she has kept in touch with ‘Contagion’ writer Scott Z. Burns . He passed on information of his connections to the CDC while Winslet was in Philadelphia filming a project. Burns convinced Winslet that she and her family should start wearing masks. She recalled receiving funny looks for wearing a K-95 mask on the street.