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  • Pandemics: Our Fears and the Facts | Sunetra Gupta

    Pandemics: Our Fears and the Facts

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Sunetra Gupta
    • Narrated By Jones Allen
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    History books abound with accounts of large scale destruction wrought by infectious disease. As recently as 1918, a pandemic of influenza claimed over 50 million lives worldwide. The advent of drugs and vaccines led to an era of hope when we thought our battles with infectious disease were won, but our optimism has been eroded by the recognition that many pathogens have the capacity to transform themselves and escape our efforts to eradicate them. Are we now facing an inevitable repeat of a calamity such as the 1918 influenza pandemic or the Black Death?

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