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Stephen King Posts The Stand Chapter That Explains How Pandemics Spread

One of prolific author Stephen King's most acclaimed novels is his 1978 post-apocalyptic book The Stand. The novel involves a devastating form of weaponized influenza that is accidentally released by the military, sweeping across the globe and killing billions within a month.

While King has since dismissed direct comparisons between his novel and the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the author did share a key excerpt from his novel. Posting an audio recording of the novel's eighth chapter on Twitter, King shared the excerpt which explains how contagion can quickly spread through populations while reiterating that the novel's pandemic is more lethal than coronavirus.

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The excerpt reveals that those who have contracted the disease but are unaware of it since symptoms have not yet surfaced unwittingly spread the superflu to anyone they come into contact with, causing the pandemic to proliferate.

Hailed as one of King's best novels, The Stand has received expanded editions since its initial publication and was adapted into a television miniseries in 1994. A second adaptation is slated to premiere on CBS All Access by the end of the year.

The Stand is scheduled to air in late 2020 on CBS All Access. Josh Boone serves as the showrunner along with Benjamin Cavell. The series stars James Marsden, Amber Heard, Alexander Skarsgård, Whoopi Goldberg, Marilyn Manson, Eion Bailey and Heather Graham.