Pandemic diseases are like vampires: they can’t live without us, they never die, yet we are reluctant to kill them. Follow the story of our dysfunctional relationship with epidemic diseases throughout the ages, from bubonic plague to COVID-19, and ask yourself - why have we let this go on for so long?
In a fascinating twist to our pandemic narrative, President Trump got Covid-19. He survived, thanks to experimental new treatments. This commentary asks what we, and our leaders, have become in a world of antibody cocktails and experimental therapy.
Conclusion - Pandemics as Vampires
Like vampires, pandemics have been stalking us for millennia, draining us of our vitality and causing dissension in our ranks. Do we really need to live with them, or is eradication a more worthy goal?
Ebola - the structural racism of global health
Ebola, the most terrifying of pandemics, is a deadly infectious disease but it is also a symptom of the racism inherent in our global medical system.
HIV and the Geography of Blame
HIV AIDS changed sexuality forever, but its most profound impact was on its home turf of Africa.
Influenza - Under the Influence of the Stars
We have a dysfunctional relationship with Influenza, our buddy, the "flu." It comes to visit us regularly and we have come to accept its presence, despite the fact that we might just be able to defeat it someday, maybe.
Cholera - a 19th century world tour
Cholera and humanity build a dysfunctional relationship in the 19th century.
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Covid 19 Explained
This podcast is excellent in explaining what causes a pandemic. Very informative.