Spillover: the powerful, prescient book that predicted the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : October 4, 2012
- Print Length : 591 pages
- Publisher : Vintage Digital (October 4, 2012)
- ASIN : B009EQG794
- Word Wise : Enabled
- File Size : 1606 KB
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #699,601 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book gives a fascinating account of diseases that have crossed over from animals to humans in the last 100 years or so. Quamenn’s narration into discovery, the crossover from animal to humans, the hunt for the virus, its reservoir, amplifier host, spread mechanisms is fascinating. Needless to say, the book is well researched. No prior knowledge in epidemiology is required.
This should be required reading for every person in the society at a post of responsibility and leadership so that the next time something like Covid-19 comes around, he / she is decisive in their actions.
Reading the book, provides a grasp for the excerpt below from the book:
“Human-caused ecological pressures and disruptions are bringing animal pathogens ever more into contact with human populations, while human technology and behavior are spreading those pathogens ever more widely and quickly."
Finally to the topic of homo sapiens being an outbreak itself as far as the earth is concerned. We are dense and we are connected now more than ever before. We are part of the ecology. Will this be natures way of controlling this growth?
Top reviews from other countries
If anyone thought a book about virology, epidemics and human pandemics would be hard work and boring, they would be wrong. Quammen's book is gripping, moving and exciting. And this easy-to-read book clearly explains the complex dynamics between viruses, insects, birds, mammals and humans. This is first book I have found that defines the replication, random mutation and transmission of viruses in a most straightforward manner.
Quammen opens with a description of the virus Hendra, which attacks horses with devastating results with occasional spillover to humans. He moves on Ebola before tackling malaria, Lyme disease, SAR-CoV, HIV and many others. His SAR-CoV interviews with scientists, doctors, patients and survivors reveal a frightening similarity and timeline to the current Coronavirus crisis, whilst underlining one of the most important differences: SAR-CoV showed symptoms almost immediately, whilst CoVid-19 symptoms show themselves several weeks after infection, by which time the virus has been widely spread. Quammen's commentaries revealing the suffering and treatment of many of the victims of these epidemics are compelling, compassionate and intensely moving.
He also provides superb unbiased analyses of the research into each disease, setting alternative theories side by side, and gently leading the reader through complex matters such epidemiology, virology and mathematical epidemiology. His research is backed up by incredible personal experiences - such as following the catching and sampling of bats in Bangladesh and in the horrendous cobra-infested caves of Uganda.
This is an excellent thought-provoking book - intelligent, well researched popular science at its best.