Polio: the forgotten disease

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In Australia there were major polio epidemics in the late 1930s and 1950s, during which time, schools, pools, state borders were closed. People who contracted polio were put in isolation. Australian, especially parents, were terrified by the epidemics of polio that could leave its victims paralysed, sometimes permanently.

Dao Ngoc Thang Nguyen examines the journey of two Australian polio survivors. The story focuses on the difficulties in their life as polio survivors. Along the way we will experience their positive attitudes toward the disease both polio and post-polio syndrome. This documentary also looks at the parallels between the polio epidemic and the current COVID-19 crisis.