'Contagion' Medical Consultant And World Class Virologist Catches Coronavirus

  • 'Contagion' Medical Consultant And World Class Virologist Catches Coronavirus

'Contagion' Medical Consultant And World Class Virologist Catches Coronavirus

Famous American doctor Ian Lipkin was the consultant for "Contagion" and he agreed to it after much persuasion that the film would be accurate scientifically and would educate as much as entertain.

Ian Lipkin, the consultant who leads Columbia University's Center for Infection and Immunity, revealed his diagnosis Tuesday.

"If it can hit me, it can hit anybody", Lipkin said. His warning message is clear "If I who has researched so much about the virus can get infected then imagine how vulnerable the world citizens are".

Lipkin said he wasn't entirely sure where he got it but that "doesn't matter".

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.

Lipkin continued to push themes in the coronavirus battle during the segment, including red-flagging President Donald Trump's declaration about the country relaxing its stay-at-home policy by Easter weekend, April 11. It's extraordinarily important that we harmonise whatever restrictions we have across the country because we have porous borders between states, between cities.

Last week on MSNBC, Lipkin appeared on Rachel Maddow's show and said, "We are going to go through this pain irrespective of whether we're going to do it in one fell swoop or decide to slowly pull off this bandaid".

USA TODAY has reached out to Lipkin for further comment. At the time, Columbia University noted that Lipkin, who had turned down all other film and television requests, chose to participate in the making of "Contagion" because the film "was an effort to accurately represent the science and to make a movie that would entertain as well as educate".