Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic
Hannah Fry leads a nationwide experiment to help plan for the next deadly flu pandemic, which could happen at any time. How many will it kill? What can we do about it?
The government rates the global outbreak of a deadly flu virus as a major threat to the UK. It could happen at any time. To predict the impact of the next pandemic more accurately than ever before, new data is needed - and lots of it. Dr Hannah Fry is on the case.
She sets out to recruit the nation to download the BBC Pandemic app in a ground-breaking experiment to help plan for when the next deadly virus comes to the UK. How quickly will it spread? How many could it kill? What can we do about it? The BBC Four Pandemic experiment will find out.
Hannah masterminds the experiment and adopts the role of Patient Zero by walking the streets of Haslemere in Surrey to launch the outbreak. Meanwhile, emergency physician Dr Javid Abdelmoneim finds out why flu is still such a danger to society a century after Spanish flu killed up to 100 million people worldwide. He meets researchers trying to discover what makes some people more contagious than others and visits a factory that will produce vaccine when the next pandemic flu virus emerges.
Armed with the information he gathers and the results of the BBC Four Pandemic experiment, Hannah and Javid make a shocking revelation.
About the app
You can help them, without even trying.
The BBC Four Pandemic has been running since September 27th 2017 and is the biggest citizen science experiment of its kind.
The more people that download and run the app, the more successful the experiment will be. You can download the BBC Pandemic App onto your smart-phone via App Store or Google Play.
The app will track your approximate movement hourly for 24 hours. (Don’t worry, it won’t know exactly where, or who you are.) It will also ask some questions about your journeys and the people you spent time with during those 24 hours.
All data collected will be sent to a research team from the University of Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The data collected between September and November 2017 was used to simulate the spread of a highly infectious flu across the UK and predict how many of us might die - the results are revealed in Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic. The data collected between December 2017 and December 2018 will contribute to this new gold-standard set for use in future simulations and in wider Pandemic research.
Participation in the study is entirely voluntary, and all data will be grouped to ensure your anonymity. You can opt out at any time.
Why should I take part?
The more people of all ages that take part in BBC Pandemic, the better that data will be so the app will be available until the end of Dec 2018.
By identifying the human networks and behaviours that spread a deadly flu, BBC Pandemic will help to make these models more accurate and, in turn, help to stem the next pandemic.
This project has been commissioned by the BBC, and is being undertaken in collaboration with researchers at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
|Production Company||360 Production|
|Executive Producer||Danielle Peck|
|Executive Producer||Belinda Cherrington|