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Catch Pandemic on Netflix and learn about viral diseases. 

On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization was alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China.  

The virus did not match any other known virus. This raised concern because when a virus is new, we do not know how it affects people. 

One week later, on 7 January, Chinese authorities confirmed that they had identified a new virus.  

The new virus is a coronavirus, which is a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. This new virus was temporarily named “2019-nCoV.” 

With people concerned about the virus and how it is spread, Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak on Netflix, answers questions about viruses and how they become viral. 

As streaming of the new show began, coincidentally the world was watching as another outbreak begun. The docuseries carries a dire warning: “When we talk about another flu pandemic happening, it’s not a matter of if, but when.” More than two dozen people are so far known to have died from the Wuhan coronavirus and hundreds have been infected. 

The six-part series examines the worldwide healthcare system, and whether we’d be able to manage another Pandemic. However, we’re reassured throughout the episodes that there are teams working ferociously on new vaccines that could see an end to mutating diseases. 

The Show:

Pandemic begins with a search in a suspected mass grave site in Butler County in the US state of Pennsylvania that dates from 1918.  

Soldiers spread the Spanish flu virus when they returned home from World War I and the pandemic wiped out up to 100 million people worldwide, far more than the eight million killed in the war. 

The docuseries evokes vivid memories of lethal virus outbreaks in recent history that have killed hundreds of people.  

They include two other outbreaks that originated in China: the H5N1 bird flu strain that jumped the species barrier to humans in Hong Kong in 1997 and killed six people locally; and severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars), which was discovered in 2003 and killed about 800, mostly in Hong Kong and China. 

Then there’s the Ebola virus, Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) and seasonal flu. 

The six episodes in the first season of Pandemic tell the stories of doctors and pandemic control experts who fight and contain viral outbreaks.  

While medical professionals see viruses as a common enemy, they are also blamed for the spread of disease. 

Catch this great Docu-Series and learn about how the world prepares for outbreaks. 

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