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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Summaries

Why Things Spread – and Why They Stop

Adam Kucharski

Profile Books, 2020

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Despite previous warnings, drug makers failed to prepare a stockpile of compounds to fight viral pandemics. Can they finally do the right thing?

Elie Dolgin

Nature, 2021

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Biotech firm Oxitec launches controversial field test of its insects in Florida after years of opposition from residents and regulatory complications.

Emily Waltz

Nature, 2021

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Why the World Is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways

Thomas J. Bollyky

MIT Press, 2018

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On the Front Lines Against Humankind’s Gravest Dangers

Ali S. Khan

Public Affairs, 2016

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A dangerous virus, as yet unknown, has the potential to wipe out millions of us. Yet public health bodies are mired in complacency.

Jonathan Quick

The Guardian, 2018

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Nine disasters we still aren’t ready for.

Garrett M. Graff

Politico Magazine, 2020

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Isaac Chotiner

The New Yorker, 2020

Ridding the World of Diseases Forever?

Nancy Leys Stepan

Reaktion, 2019

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Going Viral podcast

Mark Honigsbaum et al.

Zinc Media, 2018

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