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November 8, 2020 7:00:23 am

Learn more about the current setting with these books.

COVID-19: The Pandemic That Should Never Have Happened And How To Stop The Next One

Debora Mackenzie

Science journalist Mackenzie has been writing about infectious diseases for three decades, and her authority is evident in this comprehensive book on the COVID-19 pandemic. She starts with the origins of SARS-COV-2, the virus behind the disease, and then explains how such zoonotic diseases develop and why in the past it was largely a matter of overcoming them, for example during the 2002 SARS epidemic, Happiness . The last chapter is particularly useful as it provides a point-by-point approach to the future, including suggestions for alternatives to the for-profit approach to epidemiological research.

Ten lessons for a post-pandemic world
Fareed Zakaria

What shape should the world take when we have passed this challenging time? This is the key question that journalist Zakaria wants to address in his new book as it defies many assumptions about what political, economic and social solutions actually make a difference. What it reveals points to some of our most cherished ideas – free market, elite meritocracy, etc. – but it also holds hope for salvation.

The rules of contagion

Adam Kucharski

While Kucharski, a British epidemiologist, traces the history of various contagions through history, in this book he is not so interested in the pathogens themselves as in the networks they travel through and the factors that determine their spread. He makes a fascinating case for uncovering the hidden rules of human behavior that can make it easier for us to fight the inevitable next outbreak.

The Age of Pandemics, 1817-1920: How They Shaped India and the World
Chinmay Tumbe

The history of infectious diseases is usually written from a Eurocentric or Western perspective, with much research being done on how entire societies have been changed by the great scourges of the past. Chinmay Tumbe’s book is an attempt to correct this imbalance as it primarily focuses on how the 19th century cholera, plague, and influenza pandemics affected the Indian subcontinent. Through oral transmission, statistics, photographs and reports, Tumbe builds a narrative that gives these tragedies a familiar context.
As the COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in India, this book provides valuable insight from which to draw contemporary lessons.

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