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9780306924224

Stopping the Next Pandemic How Covid-19 Can Help Us Save Humanity

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  • ISBN13:

    9780306924224

  • ISBN10:

    0306924226

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2021-09-07
  • Publisher: Hachette Books
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"MacKenzie's fascinating book gives us the scope and scale to be able to put this pandemic in perspective and, it begs the question, will we learn from this in time to prevent to next one?" -Molly Caldwell Crosby, Bestselling author of The American Plague
 
In gripping, accessible narrative detail, a veteran science journalist lays out the case for how we could have stopped the Covid-19 pandemic and how to make sure it never happens again

The Covid-19 pandemic has left a trail of loss, misery, and economic ruin in its wake. With such destruction on a scale few could have previously unimagined, can there be any silver lining? As Debora MacKenzie illuminates in this captivating, eye-opening book, there is one: With the lessons learned from this disaster, we can stop it from happening again. In Stopping the Next Pandemic, she lays out the full story: the previous viruses that should have prepared us for Covid-19, the shocking public health failures that led to this catastrophe, the wrong decisions made at every turn. And employing what we have learned about viruses, vaccines, inequality, global cooperation, and more, she charts a bold, optimistic path forward for protecting humanity from threats to come.

There is no question that worse viruses are on the way, and we are still unprepared. But if we learn from our mistakes and heed the vision MacKenzie lays out in this book, we might avoid going through a nightmare like this – or worse - ever again.
 

Author Biography

Debora MacKenzie has been covering emerging diseases for more than 30 years as a science journalist for outlets like New Scientist magazine. She has been reporting on COVID-19 from the start, and she was among the first journalists to suggest that it could become a pandemic. From SARs to rabies and Ebola to AIDs, she's been on the frontline in reporting on how pandemics form, why they spread, and how to stop them throughout her career. In addition to infectious disease, she also specializes in reporting on the science of complexity and social organization. In 2010, she won the American Society for Microbiology Public Communication Award. Before becoming a journalist, she worked as a biomedical researcher.

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