A Wichitan Suggestion: Pandemic
April 9, 2020
Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak is the perfect series for everyone quarantined due to COVID-19.
Pandemic is a documentary series that tells the story of the medical workers on the frontlines working to prevent pandemics, namely the influenza virus. It also discusses the studies toward a universal vaccine, which I found incredibly interesting as someone with zero scientific knowledge. It also discusses anti-vaxxers and the struggle that viewpoint poses them in their efforts to rid the world of diseases.
The eeriness of the timing of Netflix’s release of this show cannot be understated, and it’s a great show for the millions of people having to rely on rumors more than facts for information. The show can be unnerving at time because of its similarities to today’s situation, but listening to actual medical professionals talk about pandemics is surprisingly comforting. Certain episodes are particularly uplifting such as “Prayers might work” which details how faith and the church helps medical workers maintain hope.
While the show is medically based and much of it does take place in hospitals, a lot of attention is spent on the personal lives of the people involved. This helps you relate to these people and greater understand the sacrifices they go through to keep us safe.
Pandemic is a very interesting docu-series, and while there may be many better documentaries available, there are none more relatable to the political climate we find ourselves in.
Number of Episodes
- one season
- six episodes
Where to watch