What is CoViD-19? Could we have done more to prevent this pandemic from sweeping across the world?

As all of us in Hong Kong is finally seeing the light having had zero local transmitted CoVid-19 cases for over two weeks straight (and counting), it might be a perfect time to sit back and get a deep dive through and through into what this pandemic has been all about, and, most importantly, what we can learn from it moving forward. To do that, Netflix is providing us with some explanations towards the coronavirus in a new documentary.

Titled Coronavirus, Explained, the feature is produced by Vox, the publication and the group behind Netflix’s Explained series, with standalone works like Sex, Explained; The Mind, Explained and more.

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At 26 minutes, the documentary charts the beginning, middle, and unforeseen end of the very uncertain time we live in right now in bite-sized chunks. It canvasses the globe and the responses national leaders have given to the virus, both the highs and lows.

It explores the data we have so far on the virus and how it spread, including “what-if” scenarios on how lockdown could’ve played out to cull the virus. The documentary also retroactively spotlights where humanity has fallen short with practices that enabled the virus to burgeon as it did.

What is especially impressive is the stock of interviews it has from experts that span Bill Gates to Dr. Peter Daszak, the president of the Ecohealth Alliance. Many of these interviews were sourced in the spring of 2019 when the production team were putting together an explainer on pandemics after the likes of Gates warned against an impending one.

“So of all the viruses out there, why did this one become the kind of pandemic we haven’t seen in more than a century? And how does a pandemic like this end?” is the big question that looms throughout the documentary. While the answers are still inconclusive, this macrocosmic view of our lives under CoViD-19 thus far does offer an educated perspective on the essentials we need to know as we attempt to slowly routes back to our normal lives.

Watch the documentary here.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.

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