Understanding Coronavirus

Understanding Coronavirus

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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No. of pages:175 pages
Size:178x127x9 mm
Weight:180 g
Short description:

A concise and accessible guide to the coronavirus/COVID-19, fully updated with information on variants, treatment options and vaccines.

Long description:
Since the identification of the first cases of the coronavirus in December 2019, there has been a significant amount of confusion regarding the origin and spread of the so-called 'coronavirus', SARS-CoV-2, and the cause of the disease COVID-19. Conflicting messages from the media and officials across different countries and organizations, the abundance of disparate sources of information, unfounded conspiracy theories on the origins of the virus, unproven therapies, and inconsistent public health measures, have all served to increase anxiety in the population. Where did the virus come from? How is it transmitted? How does it cause disease? Is it like flu? What is a pandemic? In this concise and accessible introduction, a leading expert provides answers to these commonly asked questions. This revised and updated edition now also covers how the virus mutates, how important these mutations are, how vaccines work, and what we can expect in the near and long-term future.

'With all the technology and medical knowledge of the 21st century a pandemic virus has defeated us. This book tells us why and how that could happen and what we can do about it. And as a bonus we get a comparison with the 1918 pandemic Flu. All this wrapped up in a clear, understandable and interesting way. We learn what is happening to us now and how to better prepare for the future.' Arnold J. Levine, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey
Table of Contents:
Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. How Is the Coronavirus Spreading?; 3. What Is a Coronavirus?; 4. How Is the Coronavirus Changing?; 5. How Did the COVID-19 Outbreak Start and Evolve?; 6. How Does the COVID-19 Outbreak Compare to the SARS Outbreak in 2003?; 7. How Does the COVID-19 Outbreak Compare to Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza?; 8. How Can We Treat the Virus and Prevent Infections?; Conclusions; Summary of Common Misunderstandings; Suggested Further Reading.