Kate Winslet Says ‘Contagion’ Helped Her Prepare For The Pandemic

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Kate Winslet says filming the movie Contagion back in 2011 helped her prepare for the global pandemic that has been the coronavirus this year. The actress says that she began taking precautions and wearing a mask while filming her new mini-series in Philadelphia earlier this year and definitely before everyone else began to in mid-March. Here’s what she has to say.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, the British-born actress says that once she heard that the virus began spreading on the East Coast, she knew she had to take action immediately.

Kate Winslet Says ‘Contagion’ Helped Her Prepare For The Pandemic

“I think it’s the unknown element of this virus. We just don’t know how it’s going to affect any given individual. I think that was what’s so terrifying,” explained the “Titanic” star. “I’m a very practical, straightforward person, and if I have to respond to an emergency, I just go into that zone.”

That’s when Kate Winslet says she went into the “zone” and took action much earlier than everyone else around her.

“People thought I was crazy because I had been walking around wearing a mask for weeks, going into the grocery store and wiping everything down with isopropyl alcohol and wearing gloves,” recounted Winslet. “Then all of a sudden March 13 came around, and people were like, ‘F—k, where do I get one of those masks?'”

The actress continued, “One was in L.A. and was very lucky to get on a trial using convalescent plasma and did really, really well in the space of, like, 72 hours after the treatment. And a dialect coach who lives in London has had it, was in the hospital for 11 weeks, is out, and has had every lung test, blood test, blood pressure test, and is clear of everything but just cannot get better — is breathless, lethargic, still feels very unwell.”

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