One of the best episodes of the series has arrived with a warning.
Well, that was terrifying!
Netflix offers audiences a range of excellent content every single month, from hilarious new series to gripping thrillers. Recently, they've continued to step up their game in the realm of documentaries, delivering the likes of The Devil Next Door and beyond.
One of the best titles they've offered us in the last couple of years is arguably Explained; it's truly addictive television. The first season arrived in May 2018, with each episode centring upon explaining one thing. Both entertaining and educational, Ezra Klein and Joe Posner's show is essential viewing.
Season 2 has begun, with episodes added to the streaming service weekly. So far, we've seen a range of narrators tackle such topics as billionaires, coding and cults.
However, this episode has proven to be the most enlightening and imperative of the bunch...
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Explained: The Next Pandemic
The 20-minute episode aims to educate viewers about pandemics and asks the all-important question: are we ready for one?
Throughout the episode, we are introduced to experts and officials offering their thoughts. This commences with a word from Bill Gates; after pondering how the world will end, the tech mogul says that humanity's downfall will most likely be the result of a pandemic.
The term refers to a disease which spreads and affects an entire country, or even the entire globe. Narration acknowledges that we have witnessed this tragedy numerous times and that in the sixth century, a pandemic killed half of the population. Of course, there have been so many advances since then. We have improved response, diagnostics, drugs and much more, but there is still a great danger looming...
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Netflix: Explained episode on the future of pandemics
Although we have made so many technological advances and such which will help us in the circumstances of a pandemic, we're actually still more likely to experience one.
Why? Well, the episode highlights that the amount of diseases being discovered each year is on the increase. In the past, we have seen them break out originating from pigs and potentially bats etc. Now, there are more animals which could stir such a catastrophic outbreak.
Caused by two microbes - bacteria and viruses - there is always the threat of a pandemic hanging over us.
It's even said that one could kill thirty-three million of us in just six months. It's suggested that no country would be immune and that economies would buckle. An incredibly scary thought!
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Explained: The Next Pandemic conclusions
The documentary discusses what happened regarding the Sars epidemic - Severe acute respiratory syndrome - in 2002 and how this spread. They note that 1755 people were infected in Hong Kong alone, and twenty-six other countries had cases.
However, after a while, it went away, but it proved how fast a virus could spread across the world in just weeks. In the future, it could be mere days.
We learn that our best chance of preventing something similar from occurring again is to identify the virus at its source. An expert suggests that we need to improve our vaccines, and rather than spending years targeting a new disease, we must continue to craft technology which can shorten this process.
It's also said that scientists are currently working on a universal influenza vaccine, which could save us from all types of flu for life etc. However, when accounting for deforestation bringing more animals into contact with humans and farming bringing them closer together, we should perhaps be warier than ever.
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