The chief medical consultant who worked on the 2011 film ‘Contagion’, has tested positive for coronavirus.
Ian Lipkin, a researcher and director of Columbia University's Center for Infection and Immunity, as well as a professor of epidemiology, neurology, and pathology, announced the news on a television show on Tuesday.
Calling it “miserable”, he also said that if it could hit him, it could affect anybody. According to reports, Lipkin went to China in January to investigate the virus and went under quarantine on his return home. He went on to state that it didn’t matter where he caught the virus as it has spread all over the USA.
He went on to share some precautionary measures and emphasized on the importance of social distancing and confinement, saying that these are the “very best tool we have.”
Lipkin was the scientific consult for Steven Soderbergh's ‘ Contagion’, which followed the spread of a global virus that originated in China. Starring Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, and Matt Damon, the film was noted for its scientific accuracy. It has even become the most downloaded film amidst the pandemic due to its eerie accuracy to the current world situation.
Reports also state that Ian Lipkin was instrumental in identifying the West Nile virus as the cause of the encephalitis epidemic in New York in 1999 and also assisted the World Health Organization in China during the SARS outbreak in 2003.