With the first snow here and flu season in full swing, “catch” a few of these reads about people dealing with various infectious diseases:
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Surviving a pandemic disease that has killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar before hearing a random radio transmission that compels him to risk his life to seek out other survivors.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The sudden death of a Hollywood actor during a production of “King Lear” beginning of the world’s dissolution in a story told at various past and future times from the perspectives of the actor and four of his associates.
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen
Examines the emergence and causes of new diseases all over the world, describing a process called spillover where illness originates in wild animals before being passed to humans, and discusses the potential for the next huge pandemic.
The Viral Storm: the Dawn of a New Pandemic Age by Nathan Wolfe
Dynamic young Stanford biologist Nathan Wolfe reveals the surprising origins of the world’s most deadly viruses, such as HIV, and how we can overcome catastrophic pandemics.
Posted by: Barbara