People from all over the world have turned to pandemic movies to get a sense of what life would be like if coronavirus (COVID-19) reared its head and caused a global catastrophe.
How COVID-19 is devastating the world
In some countries, the latter is becoming a frightening reality. Italy, it’s reported, has recorded more than 10 000 deaths resulting from COVID-19.
This is almost four times more than the toll recorded by China, where COVID-19 was born.
On the other hand, the United States (US) has surpassed both of the aforementioned countries with the most infections, reporting a tally of more than 140 000 known cases and over 1 000 casualties resulting from COVID-19.
What’s the latest update from South Africa?
In South Africa, there are 1 280 known cases of COVID-19 but a worrying announcement was made by the Western Cape government over the weekend.
Khayelitsha, a vast township of about 500 000 people, has registered its first COVID-19 case.
The township is overcrowded and resources are scarce. Fears have mounted over the impact the virus will have in an area that is densely populated.
A silver lining is that the country has only recorded two deaths and registered 31 recoveries, and taking into consideration how things look for more developed countries, COVID-19 is not spreading as vastly and rapidly as it is in the US and European countries.
10 pandemic movies that eerily relate to COVID-19 outbreak
So, in a way, we are living in a world scripted by the writers of pandemic movies like World War Z and Carriers.
The pandemic movies we have listed below are in no way references to factual information about COVID-19.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and health ministries of many countries are constantly publishing informative updates on COVID-19.
This list is for those in lockdown who may have run out of ideas on what to watch.
To feed the urge of imagining a dramatised version of life in a worldwide epidemic, here are 10 pandemic movies you should watch which eerily relate to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- World War Z
- I Am Legend
- Patient Zero
- It Comes at Night
- Cabin Fever trilogy