Epidemics

Epidemics – rapidly spreading infectious diseases like the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – can become global health threats. Learn about the risks, consequences and global impact.


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Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions Podcast

Anthony Fauci et al.

Gates Notes, 2020

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Why Things Spread – and Why They Stop

Adam Kucharski

Profile Books, 2020

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And what it lost in the process

Ed Yong

The Atlantic, 2020

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Different SARS-CoV-2 strains haven’t yet had a major impact on the course of the pandemic, but they might in future.

Ewen Callaway

Nature, 2020

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Most cases are not life-threatening, which is also what makes the virus a historic challenge to contain.

James Hamblin

The Atlantic, 2020

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Nine disasters we still aren’t ready for.

Garrett M. Graff

Politico Magazine, 2020

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Why the World Is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways

Thomas J. Bollyky

MIT Press, 2018

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Scientists welcome the first compelling evidence that vaccines can prevent COVID-19 – but questions remain about how much protection they offer, and for how long.

Ewen Callaway

Nature, 2020

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From the Black Death to the Present

Frank Snowden

Yale UP, 2019

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The US has never had enough coronavirus tests. Now a group of epidemiologists, economists and dreamers is plotting a new strategy to defeat the virus, even before a vaccine is found.

Alexis C. Madrigal and Robinson Meyer

The Atlantic, 2020

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