Outbreaks: From Epidemics to Pandemics
Can you believe it? A hundred thousand U.S. dead and counting. The real number according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert, is “almost certainly higher.” A World Health Organization official warns that the coronavirus may become endemic, i.e., like HIV, “it may never go away.” Science writer and author Sonia Shah states, “Over the past fifty years, more than three hundred infectious pathogens have either emerged or reemerged, appearing in places where they’ve never been seen before.” Years before the sudden arrival of COVID-19, ninety percent of epidemiologists predicted that one of them would cause a deadly pandemic sometime in the next two generations. Unfortunately, they were right. By examining the stories of pandemics past we can begin to better understand our own future, and to prepare for what it holds in store.
Sonia Shah is a science journalist. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Scientific American. She is the author of The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years, Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond and The Next Great Migration.
Ed Barcewicz –
For me this was an absolutely amazing program. All of the different dots that are connected prove again that you can’t screw with mother nature. Thank you Sonia.
Robert Stewart –
WOW, I am so naive at my age. To think I was dumbed down all those years. How I have wasted a good part of my life. I will now fight the good fight as I try my best to re-educate myself. Thank you Alternative Radio for providing Sonia Shah’s talk to motivate me to get off my butt and help my kids, their kids, and help everyone by speaking out the truth to those in power.
Dana Franchitto –
Incredibly informative and thought out. But my question is”who will initiate the “economic development” that purports to “end poverty”?
Mary Rose Kaczorowski –
Bust the myths– share with others.
Predictive that politics get in the way of our public well being.
Ken Miller –
The robber barons on the Hudson river filter states with their toilets intentionally suspended over the Hudson River so that waste would go directly into the river and down into the city.
JAMIE FOLEY –
AMAZING, KNOWLEDGE IS PRECIOUS.