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A ‘loneliness pandemic’ could prove as dangerous as coronavirus

Adrian Woolfson explains the essence of pandemics – and how we can expect many more of them

9 May 2020

9:00 AM

9 May 2020

9:00 AM

How Contagion Works: Science, Awareness and Community in Times of Global Crises Paolo Giordano

Weidenfeld & Nicolson, pp.80, 2.99

Outbreaks and Epidemics: Battling Infection from Measles to Coronavirus Meera Senthilingam

Icon Books, pp.196, 8.99

Rethinking Readiness: A Brief Guide to Twenty-first-Century Megadisasters Jeff Schlegelmilch

Columbia University Press, pp.200, 14.99

Together: Loneliness, Health and What Happens When We Find Connection Vivek Murthy

Profile Books, pp.352, 20

Ultimate Price: The Value We Place on Life Howard Friedman

University of California Press, pp.232, 23

The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread — And Why Things Stop Adam Kucharski

Profile Books, pp.352, 16.99

The subjugation of nature has formed a cornerstone of the human agenda. How surprising and humbling, then, to find our way of life so rapidly and unexpectedly undermined by a biological force that transcends identity and culture. Still worse, when we discover that the source of this chaos is a sub-microscopic viral particle whose genetic code — simpler than a bacterium — is barely compatible with a living entity.

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