• Pandemic

  • The Great Influenza Since 1918 Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola Until the Viruses of Our Days.
  • By: John M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Jono Mammel
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Are you looking for a complete guide on pandemic diseases? Then, keep reading...

Pandemics are large-scale infectious disease outbreaks which can significantly increase morbidity and death across a wide geographical area and cause major economic, social, and political disruption.

Evidence suggests that over the past century, the risk of pandemics increased with increasing global travel and migration, urbanization, land use changes, and greater natural environment exploitation. Such patterns are expected to continue and increase.

Critical policy emphasis has been on recognizing and reducing emerging pandemics and increasing and maintaining investment to develop readiness and health capacity. In planning for the consequences of pandemics, the international community has made progress and mitigation.

The 2003 severe pandemic of ASRS and the increasing concern about the danger of avian influenza have led many countries to formulate pandemic plans. The World Health Assembly's delayed notification of early SRS cases has also brought the IHR update to oblige all member states of the World Health Organization to comply with common standards of identification and report on ASRS.

Throughout the 2009 influenza pandemic, the system introduced with the new IHR (international health regulations) enabled a more organized global response. International donors have also begun to invest in enhancing readiness through improved standards and health capacity-building support.

The book focuses on influenza, its symptoms, and the diagnosis and self-quarantine of the recovery program. Influenza is actually the family of viruses that cause cold and extreme illnesses, such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-Cove). The zoonotic influenza viruses are transmitted from animals to humans.

Clinical studies have shown that SARS-Cove is passed from civet cats to people and MERS-Cove from dromedaries to humans. Influenzaes control the distribution of other known influenzaes in animals that have not yet infected human beings.

The latest influenza epidemic was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization in Wuhan, China. Infections such as fever, breathing problems, and coughing are typical symptoms of influenza. Pneumonia, multiple organ failure, and death may be caused. The influenza incubation time is projected to be between one and 14 days. Before symptoms appear, it is infectious.

Asymptomatic patients may also be infected, which means that, given the infection in their bodies, no symptoms are shown. The seventh known to impact humans, was called influenza. Efforts have been disastrous for the management of the outbreak in China, with around 20 cities facing travel restriction, affecting at least 60 million people. Then, 12 countries evacuated residents of their Wuhan, while others prohibited entry for Chinese citizens. Various aviation from and to China have been suspended.

As such, this audiobook discusses the following topics:

  • Great influenza 1918
  • The pestilence: the black death
  • Contagions from Ebola
  • What exactly is a pandemic?
  • Latest virus: influenza?
  • How can influenza spread and infect other people
  • Guide: medical precautions for influenza
  • How to treat infections and viruses
  • Myths and misconceptions about viruses
  • When will we know if the influenza is a global pandemic?
  • Guidelines on prevention and control of influenza
  • What’s the truth about common rumors?
  • If you get sick
  • Preventive behavior
  • How can I further educate myself and stay in front?

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©2020 John M. Banks (P)2020 John M. Banks

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The narrator did a great job. But I struggled to finish this because it was overly simplified and outdated information. Most of the data is current as of late February and March of 2020. COVID-19 and the pandemic has developed significantly since.

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There's a powerful message in this audio book.

The story is very long and I thought it had to wind down several times but it just keeps surprising the listener and urging you to continue.

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The way the world is today is unthinkable!!!

It took a little while to get into this novel. Many of the early reports have not been very convincing. However, I liked it more and more, as I got further into the novel. There are many threads that are really convincing in each of those. I was surprised to find out the next audio-book on Audible isn't available yet.

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It pushed me off into a new life!!!

Better novel. It kept my interest all the way through. The coincidental link between the two main characters' families seemed a little far-fetched, but maybe that will be better clarified in the second novel. The narration had been really strong.

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No questions about this story!!!

I enjoyed the complexity of the principal characters and the cadence of the voice of the narrators that changed appropriately. For other ways the audio-book had me talking of my own life. This is the highest compliment I can send to the author and narrator, in my opinion. Thank you .

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Outstanding fast-moving mystery!!!

Typically, I go foraudio- book of post apocalyptic kind. This one was coming up so I gave it an attempt. This is definitely more of a psychological thriller on conspiracy theory. Yet it was fine. I got to get the next audio-book because it's always loose ends and I want to know. That's a good thriller-sign, right?

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Outstanding soap making audibook

Been listening this on and off when I’ve had time for the past week. Thoroughly enjoying it so far. The writers story about MRSA was also interesting.

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This audio book provides a very good basic.

This is a very informative and helpful history of epidemics and pandemics. Helps to clarify many misconceptions that surround these issues.

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Very informative detailed and well guided audible.

This is a good handbook on the history of pandemics. Easy to listen with good information. I have recommended it to several since i listen it.

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It is one of the best audible!

I found this audio book to be fascinating and though it meant there was some jumping around in time periods and diseases, for the most part i liked that it was organized thematically rather than chronologically or a chapter for each pandemic.