Ian Lipkin, the consultant who also leads Columbia University's Center for Infection and Immunity, revealed his diagnosis Tuesday along with a grim warning while appearing on Fox Business from his home. The film has gained renewed interest as COVID-19 has spread around the world, particularly since both the disease in the film and coronavirus are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans. It has even become the most downloaded film amidst the pandemic due to its eerie accuracy to the current world situation.
"This virus can be found throughout the United States", he said. As of midday Tuesday, the death surpassed 550 in the US and 18,600 worldwide.
A few minutes after giving a dry cough during the remote segment, Lipkin said, "I would like to say on this show tonight, this has become very personal to me, too". "I know where I think I got it but that's not the same as proving".More news: NASA’s Curiosity Takes New Selfie After Setting Record On Mars
"If it can hit me, it can hit anybody", he cautioned, saying he's not 100 percent certain where he got it but adding that "this virus is all over the United States".
Ideally, the tests will help reveal new methods of treatment that "can prevent infection or progression of infection" but that it's not easy to rapidly scale up the procedure for the entire country.
Asman also asked about the drug trials and Lipkin said, "Until we complete those blinded trials, we won't know in fact what's effective".More news: BTS Unveils Series to Help Fans Learn Korean While Social Distancing
"Contagion" is now available to stream on Netflix.
"It's extraordinarily important that we harmonize whatever restrictions we have across the country", Lipkin said in the interview. "We have porous borders between states and cities, and unless were consistent, were not gonna get ahead of this thing".More news: 2020 iPad Pro gets benchmarked