September 30, 2020

Stephen King is using ‘The Stand’ to warn people about the coronavirus spread

Stephen King is using 'The Stand' to warn people about the coronavirus spread

If it feels like we’re living in a disaster movie at the moment, that’s probably because there’s been so much famous fiction chronicling deadly pandemics in the past.

One of the many novels about the rapid spread of a virus is The Stand by Stephen King — a story which details the collapse of the U.S. after a weaponised influenza strain gets accidentally released.

Earlier this month, back before social distancing measures were introduced across America, and prior to COVID-19 being officially called a pandemic by the World Heath Organisation (WHO), King tried to put a stop to the comparisons.

No, coronavirus is NOT like THE STAND. It’s not anywhere near as serious. It’s eminently survivable. Keep calm and take all reasonable precautions.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) …

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