In this documentary, everybody is moving with the anticipation of facing another pandemic any moment, something we do not get our heads around on regular days. Maybe that’s why we are standing on the verge of an “earth lockdown” in addition to losing lives.
You can call it a coincidence or timing, but this series dropped on Netflix in January 2020 when the world was just entering into another fight with a deadly epidemic (it wasn't declared pandemic yet). We were seeing news of its origin from China and how it literally swiped away thousands of lives in just a few days.
Although slowly China has started to heal but for countries like ours and many more - the fight has just begun.
And that is the storyline of Netflix's documentary "Pandemic : How to prevent an outbreak" where the ostensibly regular professionals are doing extraordinary work to save lives.
Watch the trailer of "Pandemic : How to prevent an outbreak" here
They are not the regular armoured heroes whom we see on the battlefield with weapons to kill the enemy, rather they are lifesaving fighters. Their only weapon in this battlefield is science.
This docuseries encompasses fragmented contributions of numerous personalities.
In the opening episode it starts by featuring the UNDP health official Dr. Dennis Carroll, whose job takes him to different corners of the world for epidemiology crisis. He said from his experience, "When we talk about another flu pandemic happening, it's not a matter of if, but when."
Similarly, the Senior Director, System-wide Special Pathogens Program Office of New York Dr. Syra Madad, struggling to collect epidemic preparedness funds in a country like the USA.
On the other side of the country, the only doctor of a county hospital is working day and night, to treat the patients so that they could live another day.
A health worker of WHO, whose life is in risk not just because they are working with a deadly virus but also because their host country has burnt down their shelters out of prejudice.
Two ambitious scientists are doing scientific experiments to make single dose of flu shot, if successful this vaccine can significantly change the course of medical science in terms of fighting with the flu epidemic.
Apart from the mentioned characters, this documentary comprises some other big and small fascinating characters who are all in this because of their passion.
In this documentary, everybody is moving with the anticipation of facing another pandemic any moment, something we do not get our heads around on regular days. Maybe that's why we are standing on the verge of an "earth lockdown" in addition to losing lives.
It portrays a visual representation of how these people are working relentlessly behind the curtain. Their expertise is to fight a national health emergency, but they are fighting against natural disasters, refugee crisis, prejudice and superstition - something they didn't sign up for while taking these jobs.
But it's the cause which leads them on to fight another day.
The story alarms you about this invisible fear saying its big time humans need to gear up or else we might be done here long before our departure time. But apart from that, its well-informed and inspiring story telling gives us hope to fight another day.
I am pretty hopeful the world will not be same again when the pandemic Covid-19 will finally be over. It shouldn't be. We might learn to appreciate these "unrecognized heroes" who jump into tackling any life threatening disaster for our sake, just like our doctors are doing right now to fight the coronavirus. Meanwhile, you can kill some time to ponder on something enlightening on your Netflix right now.