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How to Survive a Pandemic

Written by: Michael Greger MD
Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
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A vital, timely text on the viruses that cause pandemics and how to face them, by the New York Times best-selling author of How Not to Die. 

From tuberculosis to bird flu and HIV to coronavirus, these infectious diseases share a common origin story: Human interaction with animals. Otherwise known as zoonotic diseases for their passage from animals to humans, these pathogens - both pre-existing ones and those newly identified - emerge and re-emerge throughout history, sparking epidemics and pandemics that have resulted in millions of deaths around the world. 

How did these diseases come about? And what - if anything - can we do to stop them and their fatal march into our countries, our homes, and our bodies? In How to Survive a Pandemic, Dr. Michael Greger, physician and internationally-recognized expert on public health issues, delves into the origins of some of the deadliest pathogens the world has ever seen. Tracing their evolution from the past until today, Dr. Greger spotlights emerging flu and coronaviruses as he examines where these pathogens originated, as well as the underlying conditions and significant human role that have exacerbated their lethal influence to large, and even global, levels. 

As the world grapples with the devastating impact of the novel coronavirus 2019, or COVID-19, Dr. Greger reveals not only what we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones during a pandemic, but also what human society must rectify to reduce the likelihood of even worse catastrophes in the future.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Michael Greger (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Really worth the read

This book is an excellent source of information at a time when sick needed information is lacking. The book covers everything you need to know to make educated decisions for yourself and your family during this pandemic and also helps you prepare for future outbreaks. This type of thing should really be taught in schools.

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Amazing book

Like usual Dr Greger gives you the facts in and informative easy to understand way. If you want to be informed and understand what and why this is happening, this is a must read!

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The most important book released in 2020

Give everyone you know a copy of this book. Your great grand children will thank you.

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  • 2020-06-10

Eye exploding! Essential Info! Mandatory!!!

Dr Greger could possibly contribute to saving a billion lives here! He and this book educate you on the extreme and careless risks being taken by industry’s that put at risk the human population. Thanks to the coronavirus in a way, because it make this book, which also spurred my seeking of knowledge on the topic. You learn how this covid 19 pandemic could be a walk in the park compared to a influenza pandemic. This should be mandatory listening for all responsible government policy makers tasked with protecting the public health & regulating factory farming. Shame on governments, industry, and business practices that jeopardize the world human health to make a few short term profits, not seeming aware of the net negative, the fact that routinely killing thousands if not millions of animals and birds each year, plus endangering the human race, might not be worth a small or even large SHORT term profit. This information needs to be shared widely and the public needs to know. Thank you Dr Greger.

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  • David Donohue
  • 2020-05-31

This book change the way I think about the future

Once again, I Dr. Greger provides us a extremely well researched and thoroughly referenced scientific book. The topic, I was convinced, is of critical importance. But the book is not about what you might think it is. He does not spend much time on ways to boost your immune system through nutrition and barely mentions the whole food plant-based diet or other lifestyle behaviors in great detail. Mostly, this book is about avian influenza and the huge risk that it confers on our future. He makes it very convincing argument that a deadly flu virus will eventually arise as our next pandemic, and that we can expect pandemics to arise much more frequently due to the intensification of factory animal farming. The book is repetitious. I believe I heard certain points made about a dozen times. I got the sense that it was not edited as thoroughly as it might’ve been because of the haste to get it published in a very short period of time. Nonetheless, because of the importance of the topic and the novelty of the information, for me, I find this book to be indispensable.

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  • John P Slone
  • 2020-06-01

Covid-19 is just a warmup

The next pandemic, which could dwarf Covid-19 in both its infection rate and mortality rate, is just a few short evolutionary steps from becoming a reality, and we humans are to blame. But there is an answer. It’s quite simple, really. Simple, that is, but not easy.

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  • Learn as I go
  • 2020-05-27

Grateful for the expertise

Dr. Greger steps into the middle of society's info wars and sheds some light on pandemics. Thank you, good doctor, we need your voice right now.

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  • Shanon
  • 2020-05-28

More politics less science!

I was looking for "How" to survive a pandemic but disappointed. I cannot listen beyond the first 30 minutes.

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  • R. Anderson
  • 2020-05-27

Highly entertaining and informative

From the prologue: Where do new infectious diseases come from? All human viral infections are believed to originate in animals. A really fantastic listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-05-26

Very informative

The author presented the topic with researched background information. The history part of the book made glad to have not lived in the 1920s.

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  • Brenda Delaney
  • 2020-08-15

Too repetitive and content doesn’t reflect the title

He states the facts (a bit too repetitively) but puts too much emphasis on how scared you should be to eat animal products. Even as someone concerned about animal rights and who is mostly vegetarian, eating only dairy and eggs, I think he exaggerates. He does have interesting things to say about viruses that are more lethal than COVID-19 and we should take that as a warning to be prepared for something far worse. But his main argument is that the key to surviving an epidemic is to avoid one in the first place by shutting down wet animal markets and the vast global animal agricultural industry. In my case, he was preaching to the converted. His emphasis is on avoidance, not survival. So if you’re expecting a how-to book on how to survive a pandemic, look elsewhere.

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  • Quinten
  • 2020-06-26

Important message

Educational and very important content. However, the title doesn't reflect the actual content; if you expect it to be all about how as an individual to avoid sickness in a pandemic, you may be disappointed. Most of the book is about the origin of novel pathogens, especially bird flu.

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  • Laurie A. Nichols
  • 2020-07-08

History, Science, Life Lessons, Hope and a Plan

The history of pandemics is something I never learned in history class. I knew factory farms were bad but not the details of why. This book really sums up the reasons we can no longer continue on our current quest to “outsmart” nature. As he quoted in the book “ Nature fights back” and from Jurassic Park “Nature will find a way”. There is hope and a plan for our future in these pages.

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  • Misael Pastrana
  • 2020-06-22

Treating the cause of a pandemic

I recommend it to anyone who truly wants to understand where is a pandemic coming from and the implications of the whole system around it. If you want to find out what can we do to prevent future outbreaks, stay tune.

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