3 Days that Stopped the World

3 Days that Stopped the World

2021, Health  -   12 Comments
Ratings: 8.29/10 from 42 users.

This documentary follows the experience of two journalists trying to investigate the Covid-19 virus outbreak in Wuhan, China. They report on their experience investigating the outbreak three days before the first official lockdown. On the ground, they are initially surprised by the people's reactions while the government officials and news reports are trying to assure citizens that the likelihood of transmission from human to human is relatively low.

Things take an interesting turn when one of the journalists is held by the police and advised that he needs to follow procedures before he can have any coverage in the Wuhan market area, which was cordoned off in those initial hours. Officials believed the first infection was a result of transmission from one of the wild animals traded in the market area.

Hospitals start to treat their first cases, the numbers are increasing by the hour, and authorities in fact confirm that the virus passes from human to human, which drastically changes the situation overnight. Travel control measures are put in place and individuals immediately start adjusting their behavior to the new information.

The shop owners are suspecting the official reports about the origins of the disease, while the police officers are still prohibiting any filming in the market area. The Chinese Government starts to control the amount of information available to the citizens and puts policies in place to try to ensure protection and to restrict the transmission of the disease.

The film reveals how the information available to the citizens influenced their behavior and the challenges people experienced trying to access care and even give care to their loved ones.

Within three days, the journalists are advised to evacuate because of a pending lockdown and the seriousness of the disease becomes apparent. Their coverage is an interesting look at what was only the beginning of the ongoing pandemic.

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12 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Eric

    I wish you would provide voiceover translations of foreign languages. I don't want to wear my glasses when I relax to watch a TV program. I watched about the first minute of this and went on to something involving less work on my part,

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  3. jon

    Call it what it is. Not Covid-19. The proper name should be The China Virus!
    Throughout history, infectious diseases have been named for geographic locations where they were thought to have originated: Spanish flu, West Nile virus, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, Zika and Ebola, to name a few. Being PC is BS!

    1. Rick

      You do know that the Spanish Flu didn't originate in Spain right?

  4. Collin

    Most people will disagree with me with a whole paragraph of 'facts' but the ones I see here are just theories. But I would have to believe those theories under me. We in the United States had to have framed China. The day it hit the US the news most blatantly said "China created Covid-19 inside a lab trying to prove they could survive it." To this day I refuse to believe it. I am yet to watch this documentary so I will report back when I watch it.

  5. Mike

    Journalists are the scum of the earth.

  6. Yates

    There is more imagination than documentation in this so called "documentary". They don't seem to understand the difference between propaganda and journalism.

  7. Jon

    When is China going to pay the rest of the world for this intentional disease?

    1. Yates

      Haha, this comment can pass moderation, but my comment couldn't. Good job, US dog!

    2. Joe Wong

      It was proven the CIA released the virus in China for the purpose to stop China's rise, because the USA was jealous, resentful and fearful of China's achievements. Framing China as the villain via "lie, cheat and steal" was part of the plan to steal China's trillions of foreign exchange reserve and the holding of US national debt.

      China allowed the WHO to investigate the Covid-19 virus outbreak in Wuhan, but the USA will not, though the USA is the most severely infected by the Covid-19 in the world, because the USA has something to hide.

  8. User-1

    Excellent job on the doc. Always have admired Al Jazeera's style and delivery.


    1. Joe Wong

      It is curious that only Al Jazeera had sent a large contingent to investigate something happened in a remote obscure area in China, and it was considered nothing out of ordinary in the world but a large cold (said by the US president, Donald Trump and his Co.)

      Who tipped off Al Jazeera that extra ordinary event? The WHO needs to question Al Jazeera andthattwo reporters to find out more about the origins of the COVID-19.