What exactly are epidemics, and what do we know about them? From the plagues of the medieval era, to cholera outbreaks, to the swine flu of more recent years, epidemics have killed millions and altered the course of history. This is a fascinating and sometimes terrifying overview of the science behind these epidemics and how they spread, with examples drawn from around the world and throughout time. Performer Luca James Lee's pleasant, smooth voice presents the facts in a listenable style, making this an intriguing and accessible crash course for beginners, although not for those who are easily spooked.
Learn about Epidemics with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series.Epidemics are important to us as humans because they affect our very survival. Knowing what they are and how to control them have been of interest to us for centuries.
A simple explanation of the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic would be to say that an epidemic is the large-scale transmission of an illness, whereas a pandemic is an epidemic that spreads across several countries. Until relatively recently‚ before advancements in science‚ most people believed epidemics were a punishment from God. There has been a large degree of mystery surrounding the spread of illnesses. Today, however, science provides us with an almost complete roadmap to epidemics. We are now able to isolate and categorize disease-carrying microbes, trace the first cases of transmission, understand how transmission occurs, and predict the spread of an illness. Having developed such knowledge of epidemics and how they work, the next step is to see if we can predict how, when, and where the next one will occur.
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