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) …