The app that tells you the best time to

run and pee during a movie without missing the best scenes.

100% free (donation supported) Apple App Store | Google Play Store

Biohazard Levels – Viral Containment Scenes from Outbreak

Read Time:3 Minute, 12 Second
*Some* people aren’t wearing their face masks…

I love the 1995 film Outbreak, and it resonates more now in the 2020 wake of the CoVid-19 pandemic crisis. While the Ebola-like virus from Outbreak isn’t on the loose (with Motaba at a 100% death rate no less!), our own real world situation is pretty damn dire.

As we know.

Yet on an Outbreak re-watch, the same thing arrests my interest still, as it did decades ago — the levels of bio-hazard containment USAMRIID (and the CDC, one guesses) featured in the credits scenes of this enjoyable retro film). A film, BTW, that Dustin Hoffman and Cuba Gooding Jr sell all the way…outshining even the likes of Donald Sutherland and Morgan Freeman. Worth a rewatch, especially now.

—–Content continues below——

The World’s Most
Indispensable Movie App

The RunPee app tells you the best times to
run & pee during a movie
so you don't miss the best scenes.

As seen on

Download the RunPee app.
100% free (donation supported)

Get the RunPee app at the Google Play Store       Get the RunPee app at the Google Play Store

Read more about the RunPee app.

What people are saying
about the RunPee app.

Kyritame2, 09/06/2021

Single best investment

By and far best investment Ive made. I used to drive my husband nuts because Id be a fidgeting mess the last half hour of the movie trying not to miss important parts. Now I just turn this app on and *bam* I can actually focus on the movie the whole time. Even puts alerts to my watch so even better. Also I can guarentee all the 5 reviews arent fake as one person accused – its just that so many of us movie-goers had the same problem and this fixed it. Yes, it is paid but jeeze its expensive to keep watching movies and updating an app for every movie. And if you read more about the creator he mentions he has several people contributing – so yeah its paid but omg worth every cent. 10/10

Developers note: the RunPee app is now, and always will be, 100% free. Donations are optional.

View all reviews: Apple App Store | Google Play Store

Get the RunPee app at the Google Play Store     Get the RunPee app at the Google Play Store

We should be thankful our virus doesn’t liquefy organs and make us bleed from the eyes.

Biohazard containment levels in the movie Outbreak

As the movie viewer passes from each Bio-Safety Level, with one being low-risk, to four being OMG INSTA-DEATH, the background track amplifies the increasing danger in a subtle way that sticks with me to this day. Here’s how the scenes masterfully pans around (in apparently one take):


BL 1 : (BL for Bio-hazard Level)

Minimal biohazard. Study of low risk infectious agents: Pneumococcus, Salmonella.

No gloves or masks are seen on screen. Granted, you’d have to try hard to actually catch one of these diseases in the lab.

BL 2:

Moderate biohazard. Infectious agents: Hepatitis, Lyme Disease, Influenza.

(Bold is mine … Covid-19 is a coronavirus, within the influenza family of viruses. Something to think about.)

N-95 masks are visible, as are gloves, but the doors are still wide open, and techs are seen removing their masks before they exit the rooms. Not very safe, is that? We’re only at BL 2, but already these are pandemic-worthy viruses!

BL 3:

High biohazard. Multiple vaccinations required. Infectious agents: Anthrax, Typhus, HIV. 

Now the lab doors are closed. We see full body personal protection equipment (PPEs), gas mask type face masks, and clearly more care taken to contain viral vectors. However, techs are STILL removing their masks before opening the doors to leave! And not washing their hands between labs. (Damn. I never noticed any of these things before.)

BL 4:

Extreme biohazard. Maximum security. Infectious agents: Ebola, Lassa, Hanta Viruses. Highly virulent;  no known cures or vaccines.

Finally! To get to the BL 4 lab you have to leave the main lab areas, use a handprint lock, walk down a long elevated gantry to an entirely self-contained building within a building, use a hand print to gain entry a second time, and struggle into a pressure-positive full body containment suit with an isolated air supply. Basically, these science techs have become astronauts.


There is no level of security on Earth for these immensely contagious viral agents. That CoVid-19 is only a Level 2 issue is something to sit and think about. It could be far, far, worse. Again, with the “Outbreak”Motaba’ virus, the death rate is 100%. CoVid-19.

It’s hard to say if the biohazard levels featured in Outbreak show the reality of virus containment in the real USAMRIID or CDC, but this is probably a decent guess. It’s certainly a chilling view into a world we’ve never taken quite so seriously before, and might be closer to the truth than we know. What BL do you think CoVid-19 would be in?

Scary to think the coronavirus not as bad as most other viruses out there…

Watching Outbreak in the time of CoVid-19

Contagion – a PSA and movie review

Contagion Cast Creates CoVid-19 PSAs



Don’t miss your favorite movie moments because you have to pee or need a snack. Use the RunPee app (Androidor iPhone) when you go to the movies. We have Peetimes for all wide release films every week, including Madam Web, One Love, Argylle, I.S.S., and coming soon DUNE part II and many others. We have literally thousands of Peetimes—from classic movies through today’s blockbusters. You can also keep up with movie news and reviews on our blog, or by following us on Twitter @RunPee. If there’s a new film out there, we’ve got your bladder covered.

Movie Reviews

Movie Review – Madame Web

Obviously, no one involved with making this movie can see into the future. If they could, they…

Movie Review – Bob Marley: One Love

This movie offers a glimpse into the life and legacy of the iconic reggae legend Bob Marley…

Movie Review – Lisa Frankenstein

Lisa Frankenstein was a delightfully fun movie. One word keeps coming to mind, whimsical. From the…

Movie Review – The Jungle Bunch 2: World Tour

Jungle Bunch: Operation Meltdown was a cute film but it didn’t quite grab me or my…

Movie Review – Maestro

“I love music so much that it keeps me glued to life,” Leonard Bernstein (Lenny), world-renowned…

Movie Review – Founders Day

Founders Day was not that bad, It was definitely better than I thought it would be. The story was a…

Movie Review – I.S.S.

I thought this movie was going to be worse than it was. My expectation going in was around a D-. But…

Movie Review – The Book of Clarence

I’m not sure how to phrase this without sounding rude but I really disliked this movie. You…


One response to “Biohazard Levels – Viral Containment Scenes from Outbreak”

  1. Sam Daniels Avatar
    Sam Daniels

    I LOVE this movie, especially the opening scene you’ve just described! Funny though, I’ve seen it a number of times on tv, and on every occasion they’ve broadcast it without any of the text describing the BSL labs.
    Weird, no?

Leave a Reply