Warning: this story contains spoilers for season 1 of path
Episode 4 of Netflix’s space drama path Crew member Ram Arya (played by English actor Ray Panthaki) miraculously endangers the crew, coughing and bleeding all over the place, and urging the crew to break into his room and literally staple a wound on his back. The scene – which is basically Grey’s anatomy meets The Martian –IIt’s one of the more unnecessarily dramatic and confusing moments in the series. It also raises some questions about illness, decision-making, and personal hygiene ̵
Ram is the deputy missionary behind Emma Green (Hilary Swank). He’s also the mission’s medical officer, which makes his delirium and injury all the more consistent.
What has ram?
During the episode, he is diagnosed with infectious mononucleosis (mono), the symptoms of which actually include hallucinations – sometimes referred to as “Alice in Wonderland Syndrome”. So it’s entirely possible Ram stumbles around like a zombie calling for his brother. (That said, the disease is a perfect remedy for dramatic flashbacks.)
Of course, the only way to really cure Ram is to leave the mono on, which can take 2 to 4 weeks, if not longer – during which time Ram can remain contagious.
Infectious diseases in space are not an entirely fictional concept. There have been cold outbreaks on previous NASA flights, although the agency is now implementing a preflight quarantine for astronauts. Still, space can weaken an astronaut’s immune system and make infectious diseases more easily transmitted in low-gravity environments. NASA has also found that “dormant viruses” can reawaken in people who spend time in space. It’s not unlikely that Ram, who previously had mono, could see a repeat after prolonged exposure in space.
Ram could have remained contagious for months after his symptoms went away, although the series seems to fast forward a few months after episode 4; We assume that the crew members only kept their distance. He recovered as on earth; We learned that the crew cabins have Earth-simulated gravity, which may have helped Ram’s immune system recover after exposure to microgravity.
As for the cut where Ram was bleeding, we see that his staples have been replaced with actual sutures. The reason the crew was reluctant to enter the bloody room was not just because of the risk of airborne contamination. Mono can also be spread through contact with blood.
Could Ram have died? Although complications from mono can be fatal, the death rate is extremely high. The virus that causes Mono is widespread. Around 90 percent of Americans get the virus before the age of 35.
So much for us from the last episode of pathRam is still alive. However, its hormones complicated the mission in several ways.
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