Friday, August 19, 2022

Great Books on Pandemics: Non-Fiction Edition

The Books With Laurie 
Pandemic Reading List
Non-Fiction Edition!

By Laurie Allee
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Let's Be Real...

I originally posted this only nine months into the global Covid-19 pandemic. Now, after over two and a half years, we have a "back to normal" that is anything but normal: continued infections, reinfections, post-Covid heart, brain and organ, endocrine and immune system damage, the debilitating mystery of Long Covid, the possibility of a lingering viral reservoir of Sars-CoV-2, vaccines that help avoid death but don't stop infection, drugs that are either impossible to obtain or contraindicated by drug interactions, a government intent on austerity, a citizenry divided, and a media intent on cheerleading folks back to shopping, dining out and going back to the office.

"History doesn't repeat itself" Mark Twain reportedly once said, "but it often rhymes."  Although the Covid-19 pandemic is uniquely awful, we don't have to look too far back to see that it resembles other disease outbreaks from our not-too-distant history.  In the early months of the pandemic, I tortured myself   read some interesting books about past epidemics, how people dealt with them, and what we (supposedly) learned from them.  I can't say that these books make me feel better about our current global crisis, but they point toward hope for eventual resolution, and offer insight into the profound resilience of the human spirit.

My suggestions bear repeating.   

With that, I give you my Great Pandemic Reads, Non-Fiction Edition: