You know how pandemic movies make it seem like a pandemic would be the end of the world? After watching worldwide outbreak movies, I always envision end of the world scenarios.

Pandemic movies compared to reality.
Pandemic movies compared to reality.
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When Covid-19 pandemic was first discovered in China, I thought to myself it is an epidemic and a cure would be found soon. Fast-forward to when it started spreading to different countries, I was already thinking, “God this is the end of the world.”

Pandemic movies make you think about total isolation and survival of the fittest, also rich people living their best lives in special underground bunkers. Since I’m not rich, I started thinking about myself and my family’s survival. I’m not the fittest person in the world, so I knew survival in a post-apocalyptic world would be a struggle. So I figured I’ll cross that hurdle when it comes.

Fast-forward again to the Covid-19 lockdown period in my country, Nigeria. I started thinking, this is it. People would start fighting for food soon. I was not surprised when videos popped-up showing people fighting over toilet paper. Some were even stocking their homes with food to last for a year. I started thinking the pandemic movies were right.

Some pandemic movies shaped my reaction to Covid-19. They made me think of an apocalyptic world where everyone had to fight for survival. Here are my top three terrifying pandemic movies.

1) Pandemic Movie That Shaped My Reaction To Covid-19: Contagion (2011)

Contagion is the pandemic movie with the most similarities to Covid-19. The movie is about a pandemic caused by MEV-1 virus. Like Covid-19, it can transmit from person-to-person contact. The events in this movie parallel events occurring in the real world during this Covid-19 pandemic. In the movie, government officials work tirelessly with WHO and CDC to find a cure.

The only difference is that this pandemic movie showed a world where there was no movement at all. The United States president was moved underground for protection. There was a suspension of basic services, food shortage and a scene of mass graves.

Pandemic movies compared to reality.
Pandemic movies compared to reality.
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2) Pandemic Movie That Shaped My Reaction To Covid-19: Outbreak (1995)

Outbreak is a slightly older pandemic movie, yet it’s maybe more relevent than ever. The movie is about the outbreak of a virus called Motaba and like Covid-19 it originates from bats. The United States Army tried to weaponize the virus after it claimed an African village. To their dismay, the virus spreads in California.

Pandemic movies compared to reality.
Pandemic movies compared to reality.
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3) Pandemic Movie That Shaped My Reaction To Covid-19: Maze Runner (2014)

In the Maze Runner movies, the Flare Virus caused a pandemic that led to a post-apocalyptic world where half of the population is infected and the other half is either struggling to survive or part of an organisation, WCKD. The organisation kidnaps kids immune to the virus to test their blood for a cure.

The only reason Maze Runner is on this list is because of my fear of a post-apocalyptic world. I kept on thinking about what would happen if everything I’m scared of happens. You know, the shortage of food and people fighting each other to survive thing. What if everything goes wrong during the pandemic? What if some organisation decides to hold people immune to the virus hostage for a cure?

Pandemic movies compared to reality.
Pandemic movies compared to reality.
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However, in the reality of the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve had order compared to the chaos you see in movies.

Thank God none of the end of the world scenes in pandemic movies are accurate. Because I don’t think I would survive it. There have been moments I thought the Covid-19 pandemic might be the end. It brought out the worst in people, but human beings are resilient and we keep on fighting. Stay safe everyone.