Preview – Contagion! The BBC4 Pandemic

Picture Shows: Dr Hannah Fry Thousands of people around the country have downloaded the BBC Pandemic app on their smartphone which will get the data the maths team need to simulate the spread of a flu pandemic across the country. Image Credit: BBC/360Production.

Don’t worry, a pandemic hasn’t been started by a massive surge of BBC Four arts documentaries.

This is a scientific look at how flu viruses spread so easily. This has been done by Dr. Hannah Fry, who has used an app to “infect” users and track their movements for 24 hours. Hannah acts as “Patient Zero”, walking around and launching this fictional pandemic.

Joining her is medic Dr. Javid Abdelmoneim, who investigates what is being done to stop such pandemics.

Contagion! The BBC4 Pandemic is on BBC Four at 21.00.