Kate Winslet slammed for giving virus-combating tips she learned while filming Contagion

Playing a doctor in 2011, does not a doctor make, Kate.

If you haven’t seen 2011’s Contagion, don’t worry, we’re all basically living it right now, so you’ve already got the gist of it.

That was a joke – well, ish.

But, the apocalyptic thriller about a deadly virus which the US Center for Disease Control struggles to stop from spreading globally, has made a resurgence in 2020 for its similarities to our current pesky pandemic.

And although initially it sounds like some sh*tty straight-to-DVD b-horror movie, it’s actually fairly well regarded by critics and boasts a pretty stellar cast, including Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Ehle, Sanaa Lathan and Kate Winslet.

Oh, Kate.

Here’s where you can start slowly raising your palm to your face.

The British Oscar winner, who played a doctor in the film, recently took to Instagram to share a plethora of medical tidbits she picked up while filming Contagion a decade ago.

Since she released the above above posts, a significant number of social media users have spoken out against Kate’s PSAs, arguing that she isn’t qualified to be sharing such serious advice to a global audience.

Some social media users have expressed that the actress simply played a doctor in the film and has no significant medical training whatsoever and, as such, should not be making such public addresses.

Valid points. I mean, let’s be honest, I doubt NASA finds itself turning to Matt Damon and George Clooney often.

One Twitter user wrote:

“Kate Winslet is giving Covid-19 advice because she played a part in a film where there was a pandemic. In that case I’m going to teach you all about how to survive a volcano eruption by showing you dead body positions like the part I played in a school play of Pompeii.”

Another wrote:

“Kate Winslet f***ing died in Contagion! I’m taking no advice from her.”

A third added:

“Kate Winslet also starred in the film Titanic about a boat sinking, so will be giving us tips tomorrow morning on how to survive at sea.”

I think your heart was in the right place, Kate, but if you don’t mind I’ll stick to listening to this queen for now.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries


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