Contagion!

So sometimes a TV programme ends up being scarily accurate. 

In 2018, Hannah made a documentary called “Contagion: the BBC4 Pandemic.” It was made in collaboration with scientists from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Cambridge University, and used a custom-made phone app to gather contact and movement data in order to simulate how a fictional pandemic would spread in the UK. Fast forward to 2020 when the idea of a pandemic shifted out of the realm of fiction and became very very real. But although the show’s pandemic was fictional, the data was not – and the team at LSHTM were able to use everything they collected for the programme to model the real world pandemic, which set a new gold standard on which the trajectory of the UK response was based.

https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/newsevents/news/2020/bbc-contagion-experiment-offers-insights-covid-19-control-strategies