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Meet the Pakistani Doctor Who Predicted the Rise of Coronavirus [Video]

We should’ve listened to her earlier!

Dr Syra Madad

While we may binge-watch pandemic movies to prep ourselves amid the COVID-19 pandemic, what we should be watching are documentaries. What better documentary than Netflix’s ‘Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak‘. Pakistan-American Dr. Syra Madad warned us months ago.

This Pakistani-American is head of New York City’s Health and Hospitals System-wide Special Pathogens Program.

The Netflix documentary about the fatal Coronavirus is a six-part series. Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak opens with Dr. Syra Madad warning about a deadly pandemic as early as December, 2019.


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Predicted it before anyone else

This was just days before China informed the World Health Organization (WHO) that it was treating dozens of patients for a ‘novel virus‘ of unknown origin.

“The novel virus is about 10 times more virulent than seasonal flu.”

She was right about the outbreak before we even caught a whiff of the idea. Right down to details of how the virus will spread in droplet form and how it contaminates surfaces.

“Whether it is somebody you come into contact with or touching door handles or something that’s a high touch surface, … We want to make sure we are applying everyday measures.”

This series has actually been around since January 2020, but Netflix users only started watching this now, pushing it into Netflix’s ‘Top 10 in the U.S. Today‘ list.


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Now other experts who studied the Coronavirus affirm what Dr. Madad said about COVID-19 being transmitted like the flu via water droplets in coughs or sneezes. They also confirm that these tiny particles with coronavirus linger on different types of surfaces.

The 34-year-old devout Muslim even came to Pakistan in August 2018 to address the National Institute of Health on Emergency Preparedness and Response to Public Health Emergencies, like Ebola and CCHF outbreaks.

Dr. Syra Madad
Dr. Syra Madad addressing National Institute of Health, Islamabad

Want to know more? Catch Dr. Syra Madad and her story on Netflix today.

Written by Ummara Sheraz

Entertainment & culture writer at ProPakistani/Lens. Occasionally dabbles in other news.

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