At the start of the coronavirus outbreak in March, like many others, I watched the film Contagion, which depicted a fictional global pandemic. The details in the film were eerily similar to the media coverage and projections at the time regarding the outbreak; from the airborne nature of the virus, to how it was spread by animal (pigs and bats in an open marketplace), and Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN features to discuss “social distancing.” In March, the public had little information about COVID-19. We were told the noble lie that masks don’t prevent the spread of the virus, and predictions…

Malak Shalabi

Malak Shalabi is a law student at the University of Washington with a strong background in research, nonprofit, and grassroots advocacy work.

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