Wednesday, April 17, 2024

10 Netflix recommendations to help you practice social distancing


As bars, movie theatres, gyms and restaurants close due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, many people around the world are choosing to stay home and watch TV while practicing social distancing.

Netflix and other streaming services are seeing a jump in their numbers since everyone has been working on their best self-isolation techniques – yes, the time for Netflix and chill is most definitely now – and also specifically for programming surrounding virus-related content, not surprisingly.

Without further ado, here are 10 Netflix recommendations to feed your curiosity and help you practice social distancing:

1. Contagion (2011)

“The death of Beth Emhoff and her son leads to the discovery of a deadly virus. While the US Centers for Disease Control struggles to curb its spread, a worldwide panic ensues.”

2.  The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

“Orbiting a planet on the brink of war, scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis, and end up face-to-face with a dark alternate reality.”

3. Train to Busan (2016)

“While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.”

4. Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (2014)

“When a group of friends enjoying a bachelor cruise in the Caribbean stumble upon a research facility on a remote island, a deadly virus is unleashed. The group must find a way to survive before the flesh eating virus consumes them all.”

5. The Carrier (2015)

“8 survivors take to the sky in a damaged 747 jet to escape a lethal virus that has decimated the planet. There’s nowhere safe to land, but things turn for the worse when the passengers realize that the infection is on the plane with them.”

6. Blindness (2008)

“An epidemic known as the ‘white sickness’ blinds everyone. A wife feigns to be affected by the disease in order to take care of her husband and lead him and their family to safety.”

7. Cargo (2017)

“Stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, an infected father desperately searches for a new home for his infant child and a means to protect her from his own changing nature.”

8. Carriers (2009)

“Danny and Brian along with their friends Bobby and Kate, embark on a trip to escape a pandemic. However, one of them gets infected by the endangering virus.”

9. ZombieLand (2009)

“A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.”

10. Into the Forest (2015) 

“In the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, two sisters (Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood) must fight for survival after an apocalyptic blackout leaves them without gas, water, electricity or cellphones.”

So grab a bowl of popcorn (we hope you stocked up!), maybe snuggle up with a loved one (but not too close) and dive into the world of Netflix while you have the excuse to hang out at home.

Seanna Wainman
Seanna Wainman
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