2011's Contagion follows a scenario disturbingly similar to what we're all dealing with now, as a pandemic sweeps the world and the film follows a variety of different characters all dealing with the situation, while doctors and scientists attempt to find a solution. He revealed his condition after discussing the coronavirus outbreak on Fox's "Lou Dobbs Tonight".
"This has become very personal for me, too", said Lipkin, 68, via the digital video call. Because I have COVID as of yesterday.
Lipkin, who serves as the director of Columbia University's Center for Infection and Immunity, was a key player in the scientific studies of the West Nile virus and the SARS coronavirus (unrelated to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic) in the early 2000s. Lipkin said the symptoms were miserable and stressed that "if it can hit me, it can hit anybody". The film also starred the likes of Matt Damon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, and Gwyneth Paltrow (who's been making jokes about the film on her Instagram for some reason).
He said he had an idea of where he contacted the virus but declined to elaborate further, reported IndieWire. Such an expert in the field has given the important warning that if isolation is not practiced the coronavirus impact will be unimaginable. More than 670 have died from the virus in the states.
The "very best tool" to fight the virus right now is to implement aggressive, nationwide as seen in NY and Chicago, Lipkin said. "We have porous borders between states and cities and unless we're consistent, we're not gonna get ahead of this thing..."
Health officials caution against all global travel. After returning, Lipkin told New Yorker that the virus would likely exist for a lengthy duration and warned that it could become endemic, like measles. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.