Disease Expert Breaks Down Pandemic Scenes From Film & TV | WIRED

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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Disease Expert Breaks Down Pandemic Scenes From Film & TV | WIRED



  • 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: trvision.net/detail/video-BPLZOFIwoZs.html

    WIREDWIRED21 gün önce
    • Can you do a video about videogame viruses

      mighty squeegemighty squeege6 gün önce
    • make him play plague inc

      Gin Dondake FandubsGin Dondake Fandubs8 gün önce
    • Please get american duchess or Karolina Zebrowska to critic historical costume films such as Burton´s Alice in Wonderland etc. for corset-snark!

      Kissa RococoKissa Rococo8 gün önce
    • I think my mans here got something wrong, "the girl with all the gifts" was cordyceps fungus i believe

      Dinoz RuleDinoz Rule9 gün önce
    • the guy got one thing wrong. nowadays there defintely are on site test to determine whether or not the individual is infected. these methods are commonly lab on a chip systems. ive worked with a couple of professors on those. goal was to improve the speed of mrsa diagnosis i.e. for hospitals. but somethig everybody knows is an almost instant "contamination" test if you will. A natural flow test we can buy: a pregnancy test

      Simon HansmannSimon Hansmann10 gün önce
  • Now I'm curious if Brian ever was at an alien autopsi and just didn't mention it here * eyeballs *

    djmulderdjmulderSaatler önce
  • Ebola anyone ?

    Black CorpBlack CorpSaatler önce
    • Styx sent me ...nah kidding

      Black CorpBlack CorpSaatler önce
  • **Spoiler alert** The scientist in "The girl with all the gifts" does get infected.

    BopperooskiBopperooski2 saatler önce
  • I wonder if Brian plays Plague Inc and what he thinks about it :D

    Marc RindermannMarc Rindermann3 saatler önce
  • Well in case of an alien u should disinfect going in and out. U don’t want the alien get infected either

    Martin DecameroneMartin Decamerone3 saatler önce
  • Cordyceps is a fungi

    Roti AbonRoti Abon5 saatler önce
  • Some diseases SHOULD be eradicated but good old antivaccination moms are bring them back.

    Rene HoltmanRene Holtman6 saatler önce
  • I am missing the overall verdict. I always thought that Contagion is the most realistic one is that correct?

    urbanivurbaniv7 saatler önce
  • 10:50 'The part were they decontaminate before going in doesn't make a tremendous amount of sense' - That's how you wipe out poor ET's species with some common human cold virus!

    Leonore WintererLeonore Winterer7 saatler önce
  • I've seen some videos of psychologists/therapists analyzing psychoses in patients/clients- but what I really want to see are therapists/psychologists analyzing the THERAPISTS in the movies. As a trained therapist, I have seen many in movies and TV that are terrible. A few were pretty good. But mostly what TV therapists do are completely inaccurate to what real therapists do.

    Hope RisherHope Risher9 saatler önce
  • But the girl with all the gifts was a fungal pandemic not viral?

    James BrownJames Brown9 saatler önce
  • I am in makeup school and in my film and television class we are not just learning about makeup on a set but every department that we as to make artists will have to come in contact with. And the scene with nurses one wearing an eye mask and the other isn't. That's continuity in the wardrobe department.

    AshleyAshley10 saatler önce
  • He lied, under martial law, FEMA has a lot of power.

    mattbell555mattbell55510 saatler önce
  • 17:49 - "Generally speaking, it doesn't happen in 10 or 15 seconds ..." - what does this guy know that he's not saying?!?

    sKIPper76MsKIPper76M10 saatler önce
  • He deserved that applause at the end 👏

    chesillychesilly13 saatler önce
  • he is critiquing defcon 1 stuff as if has actual zombie outbreak experience. zombie is fiction so accept that a lot of his input is a accurate Im sure but fictional senora leave alone SNL intimate scene telling us that wasnt how to have an intimate relationship

    L BuonoL Buono14 saatler önce
  • Part 2

    TINDERLVL10 voxyi1TINDERLVL10 voxyi115 saatler önce
  • I guess when it comes to E.T, you would want to decontaminate before aswell. Our germs would be dangerous for the alien aswell, so limiting that risk would probably be a priority.

    stoffnistoffni15 saatler önce
  • Ok firs, I love this guy lol! Hes so freaking matter of fact lol. Second, seeing Glenn hurt my heart...

    Samara whiteSamara white16 saatler önce
  • This man should play Plague, Inc.

    VishVarmVishVarm17 saatler önce
  • 'coz the measles virus is a RNA virus'. Oh that really got me. Despite having studied viruses and microbiology, I didn't find out this small inaccuracy in the show.

    Tanmoy BarikTanmoy Barik17 saatler önce
  • I would think scientifically speaking in the ET reference, a pre-entry decontamination would take place to protect the alien's health ... not just our after contact.

    froglaps40froglaps4018 saatler önce
  • On "World War Z": yes, the virus doesn't choose. But I heard about someting infectious in mice which makes them overly brave, which leads them being eaten by cats, further spreading the virus. So it's not that the virus is choosing to make the mice overly brave, it's that natural selection selected that brave-making virus over another. Could that still not be a valid explanation for these zombies only infecting healthy hosts? Even if in the current form of the virus it doesn't really matter (they are really fast etc), it could be a vestigial evolutionary remnant.

    FoempTheFoempThe19 saatler önce
  • It's been about 40 years since I saw ET, but I thought the decontamination on the way in was to protect ET, not the other way around.

    Trevor LambertTrevor Lambert20 saatler önce
  • "...this is pure sci-fi." -guy describing a sci-fi horror movie

    Trevor LambertTrevor Lambert20 saatler önce
  • I'm sure this man doesn't care about expiry dates. HE decides when the food goes bad. This dude knows so much!

    Adrien BarretteAdrien Barrette21 saatler önce
  • Watch the malayalam movie virus and tell us how accurate it is.

    vivek chemmannoorvivek chemmannoor21 saatler önce
  • best line 20:27

    Clown BabiesClown Babies21 saatler önce
  • Doctor: "You're gonna die sir, your organs are shutting down" Brian: "Yea, this isnt accurate"

    Yommi2000Yommi200021 saatler önce
  • i’d love to see this guy’s reaction to the quarantined kid who kept escaping and coughing on people in crazy ex girlfriend

    kitchensinkchronicleskitchensinkchronicles21 saatler önce
  • This is my real life job. I’ve met this dude, as many containment labs has.

    Darrell Wetzel jr.Darrell Wetzel jr.22 saatler önce
  • You would want to decontaminate yourself before entering to avoid spreading disease to the alien and kill it.

    Nostalgic GamerNostalgic Gamer22 saatler önce
  • I am actually terrified of zombie/infection pandemic movies because of this right here. Not the infected themselves or becoming a zombie but the insanity it would cause and its much harder to escape a virus than an actual zombie. Watching this was nightmare inducing, great video!

    Bioshock BombshellBioshock BombshellGün önce
  • 2:50 The programm is called Pymol

    Cris KPCris KPGün önce
  • That "The Thing" scene...one of the reasons why I love cinema

    Nicko741Nicko741Gün önce
  • he should play plague inc

    Ella JansmaElla JansmaGün önce
  • I find it odd that I used more decontamination procedures to manufacture medical devices than he did going in to save people's lives knowing they were already immune compromised.

    Kiki G.Kiki G.Gün önce
  • Can you do political scenes, high level interviews like how the investigators and all behave while interviewing powerful people or officials and how accurate the procedures are like in House of cards and other political shows and movies.

    Jassy RahalJassy RahalGün önce
  • Imagine having a nose itch with that face shield on :/

    Sekewed ObotSekewed ObotGün önce
  • Would have been cool if he had gone over the WoW pandemic.

    Micc RhaafetlMicc RhaafetlGün önce
  • Should have asked if cutting of a infected part or area will severe the bond between the virus/disease and the human host. most likely answer is no but would be cool to see him explain the world war z scene when the girl loses her arm

    Filip PejakovicFilip PejakovicGün önce
  • This video is more horrifying than recent horror movies

    Professor XProfessor XGün önce
  • In “the Andromeda Strain” I thought that the decontamination before entering the secure Wildfire lab was to prevent contamination of the alien specimen. Which makes sense

    Gloria MontgomeryGloria MontgomeryGün önce
  • hahah i love this guy

    AlexandriaAlexandriaGün önce
  • He kind of reminds me of Dr Mike

    Julia DeJulia DeGün önce
  • Zombie movies are fictional but I virus most likely could infect and active it’s effect very quickly once inside your blood stream. Their are real plants, insects, animals, and viruses out they are now in real world I can kill you in less than a minute or even seconds.

    LeagueOfFoxLeagueOfFoxGün önce
  • The movie Pandemic at 19:00 is it the 2007 movie or something else?

    Bejita666Bejita666Gün önce
  • "And the band played on" is a very accurate depiction of what happened in the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

    Ryan BlackRyan BlackGün önce
  • Does I am a legend have more then one ending I know this is a weird question but I remember watching it once and then a second time and I saw a different ending

    Star jinja mStar jinja mGün önce
  • Yeah but how accurate is the game Pandemic?

    Huron .BlackheartHuron .BlackheartGün önce
  • That was fun! Mainly because I didn't know some of these things. As well as I bet people believe what they see and hear in these movies and shows because the presentation is done in such a convincing way. And, most of us aren't experts or even novices when it comes to knowing about diseases, viruses and the tech used to identify them.

    Loki D. Wolf - Random StuffLoki D. Wolf - Random StuffGün önce
  • He keeps saying how they would never lock people up against their will which is true now but in these crisis situations where humanity might be at risk I wouldn’t be so quick to laugh it off.

    spookydonkey513spookydonkey513Gün önce
  • I'm kind of surprised it took so long to get to 28 Days/Weeks Later...and then spent so little time on it.

    Tech News for Tech NoobsTech News for Tech NoobsGün önce
  • Isn't smallpox starting to come back though?

    Guilmon470Guilmon470Gün önce
  • This guy is so funny! Super interesting, too!

    Alana CurtisAlana CurtisGün önce
  • He is completely wrong, schools are designated as supplemental emergency areas if martial law is declared because of an emergency.

    Graham6762Graham6762Gün önce
  • imagine how hard it is for him to watch and enjoy movies lol

    Yodele LadejobiYodele Ladejobi2 gün önce
  • As far as the crazies etc etc....While I am sure this guy makes perfect sense about "You wouldn't see bloody gurnies (How is that spelled?) rolled by etc...I AGREE...In a fairly stable environment, you wouldn't. BUT LET A VIRUS WIPE OUT MILLIONS IN SHORT ORDER ALONG WITH THE CHAOS AND DISORGANIZATION THAT WOULD COME WITH IT...IM BETTING YOU ARE WRONG SIR! 😮 Cause by then you will have to hire Walmart Greeters to remove the waste CAUSE EVERYONE IS DEAD!!! And Walmart Greeters and shopping cart collectors aren't exactly the by the book rule followers...What im saying is...They can barely wipe themselves 😏

    Spills51Spills512 gün önce
  • WHATS THAT GAME THAT IS LIKE THIS?? Where you create your own virus and your goal is to wipe out the entire population? After watching this I really want to pick it up and make me a super viral people zombie brain infecting..uhh...world extincter? Anyway, lemme know 🤨

    Spills51Spills512 gün önce
  • plague inc. should have sponsored this video

    Michael GeldenhuysMichael Geldenhuys2 gün önce
  • Awwww,I wish they added The walking dead it would be really great to see his reaction and explination

    meme boimeme boi2 gün önce
  • id love for him to write a book about his experiences

    Kate SKate S2 gün önce
  • Given the rise in anti-vaxxers, I'm expecting small pox any day.

    WrathOfTheHydraWrathOfTheHydra2 gün önce
  • This was super helpful for the CDC characters in the medical thriller I'm writing! Here's a list of what movies/TV shows he discussed: Outbreak ER Contagion World War Z Dawn of the Planet of the Apes House The Walking Dead Pandemic E.T. Andromeda Strain The Crazies I am Legend The Girl with All the Gifts 28 Days Later Saturday Night Live Resident Evil The Thing The Hot Zone

    The Muse Next DoorThe Muse Next Door2 gün önce
  • How can a person(expert in a field) still enjoys a show or a movie after seeing so many shenanigans in it?! I don't and wouldn't ever.

    SUBJECT M01SUBJECT M012 gün önce
  • the outbreak was ASF and it not only in the Philippines it is also an outbreak China

    Kendrick JinKendrick Jin2 gün önce
  • I love some of these commentators sometimes. "Blood jumps out when you put hot metal to it is pure science fiction" But then doesn't mention whether a "virus" can turn into a human is legit or not.

    ccrpalexccrpalex2 gün önce
  • I learned to fly a helicopter, I'm good. Seeya zombieeeeeeees.

    P. PrasadP. Prasad2 gün önce
    • @Rick C, ahhh crap... you want a job?

      P. PrasadP. PrasadGün önce
    • Gotta refuel sometime...

      Rick CRick CGün önce
  • The thing about The Thing is that it's an alien. I absolutely believe his judgment on pathogens, but an alien? For all he knows, due to The Thing being a shapeshifter of sorts, it MUST have conscious control of each and every cell, which should explain how the blood 'jumped' out of the petri dish (And I'm pretty sure this is the true lore).

    BigMartin58BigMartin582 gün önce
Disease Expert Breaks Down Pandemic Scenes From Film & TV | WIRED