Viruses, Pandemics, and Immunity

Viruses, Pandemics, and Immunity

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Publisher's Synopsis

Throughout history, humans have contended with pandemics. History is replete with references to plagues, pestilence, and contagion, but the devastation wrought by pandemics had been largely forgotten by the twenty-first century. Now, the enormous human and economic toll of the rapidly spreading COVID-19 disease offers a vivid reminder that infectious disease pandemics are one of the greatest existential threats to humanity. This book provides an accessible explanation of how viruses emerge to cause pandemics, how our immune system combats them, and how diagnostic tests, vaccines, and antiviral therapies work-concepts that are a foundation for our public health policies. Series Overview: MIT Press First Reads is a series of rapidly produced, digital-first titles offering expert insight to inform matters of urgent local and global consequence.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262542388
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 614.58
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xi, 206
Weight: 254g
Height: 137mm
Width: 203mm
Spine width: 21mm