Truth be told, no matter what is going in the world, reading an old book from the bookshelf can provide us with a lot of insight, comfort or another way escape. With the pandemic ruling over the world, it is definitely obvious that a lot of people may experience anxieties and trouble controlling their emotions— for some, reading a book can be of help.
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues and many of us are seeking entertainment while staying home, and definitely yes, reading offers some respite. Now maybe the time to finally dig into that epic novel you’ve had on your shelf forever, revisit an old favourite, try something out of your reading comfort zone, or learn about the pandemics and other medical-related books.
Today, we have listed a few books you can read while there’s an ongoing lockdown at your place!
Top Non-fiction Pandemic Books
Everyone has different ways of coping with the events of the outbreak; these books will allow you to get however close or far from what’s going on outside as you want.
Here are our top 3 picks from the world’s best non-fiction pandemic books.
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
If Stephen King called this “one of the most terrifying things I have ever read,” you can guarantee that The Hot Zone isn’t just about true-life events that sound stranger than fiction, but is also an incredibly well-written page-turner.
Preston’s incredible in-depth reporting details the origins and cases involving viral hemorrhagic fevers, particularly Ebola viruses and Marburg viruses—and drives the point home that their spread is often due to human error. But the viruses chronicled in this book are particularly relentless in their infection, able to consume a human body in days and causing a gruesome death, making for a nonfiction book that reads more like a horror story.
The American Plague by Molly Caldwell Crosby
This compelling read also tells the story of the U.S. government’s mission to discover how yellow fever was spread by sending three doctors to Cuba to launch one of history’s most controversial human studies, making this tale just as much about human nature as it is about the nature of the disease.
China Syndrome by Karl Taro Greenfeld
As the Los Angeles Times put it: “China Syndrome is a fast-moving, truth-is-stranger-than-fiction thriller that doubles as an excellent primer of emerging infections for scientists and laypeople alike. But that’s not al. This book was the first to document the SARS outbreak in China in 2003.
This book hammers home how a coronavirus spread, and how important good living standards are to slow it.
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