In July 2003, the science-fiction series The Dead Zone -- then in the second of its six seasons on USA Network -- presented an episode titled Plague that in hindsight made clear to viewers exactly how terrifying a coronavirus can be. It could have been made this year. Brave frontline workers, medical professionals and first-responders risk everything to save their city when a child is revealed to be infected with a lethal coronavirus that had originated in China and was unknowingly transported to the United States via a recently deceased flight attendant. The child’s school is placed on lockdown, potential victims are monitored for high fevers and respiratory distress, and everyone who has been exposed is required to wear a mask to prevent them from spreading the virus to others.
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