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Covid-19 by Debora MacKenzie
Books After Dark: COVID-19 by Debora MacKenzie
Tuesday, April 5, 2022  6:30PM
 
Debora MacKenzie’s urgent telling is required reading for these times and beyond. It is too early to say where the COVID-19 pandemic will go, but it is past time to talk about what went wrong and how we can do better.  
 
Offering a compelling history of the most significant recent outbreaks, she gives a crash course in Epidemiology 101–how viruses spread and how pandemics end—and outlines the lessons we failed to learn from each past crisis. In vivid detail, she takes us through the arrival and spread of COVID-19, making clear the steps that governments knew they could have taken to prevent or at least prepare for this.
 

Looking forward, MacKenzie makes a bold, optimistic argument: this pandemic might finally galvanize the world to take viruses seriously. Fighting this pandemic and preventing the next one will take political action of all kinds, globally, from governments, the scientific community, and individuals—but it is possible.

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