Outbreaks: What Can We Learn About Them from the Past to Help Us in Our Present and Future

19 Feb

Right now, COVID-19 is headline news and comes up in conversations with friends and family members on a daily basis.  There is a lot of fear and misinformation out there.  One of the best ways to stay up to date is by checking out the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control) site which has current information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, which includes a FAQ with symptoms and tips for prevention.  The CDC is also always a wealth of information on other topics as well such as vaccines that are recommended when traveling abroad.

I’ve also compiled a list of books that we have here at the library that look at some outbreaks from the flu to ebola that have happened in the past that give insight into the handling of pandemics, if you are interested in doing further research on the topic.  And remember if you are concerned about your personal health, always check in with your doctor who can help guide you through making educated decisions about your physical well-being.

Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come
by Richard Preston
Crisis in the Red Zone
Preston follows up his bestseller, Hot Zone with this look at the Ebola Outbreak and the potential for other future outbreaks.

The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind’s Gravest Dangers
by Ali Khan, MD
next pandemic

Ali Khan provides insights from working as a public health first responder for crisis like anthrax and the bird flu to discuss past mistakes as well as tips for future prevention in Next Pandemic.

Influenza: The Hundred Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History
by Jeremy Brown
Influenza

Brown an ER Doctor takes a look at the influenza pandemic that occurred just over 100 years ago in 1918.  He examines a historic look at the devastating disease that still kills thousands each year and looks at common questions surrounding the flu today.

The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris
by Mark Honigsbaum
pandemic century

Honigsbaum takes a look at both some of the most well-known and less headline grabbing outbreak scares of the past century and the medical as well as social impacts they have on society in The Pandemic Century.

Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes who Fought Them
by Jennifer Ashley Wright
get well soon

Wright adds a little dark humor to the subject of some of the worst outbreaks in human history to give a factual and fascinating look at the topic in Get Well Soon.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

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