Coronavirus: See 5 books that help you understand the covid-19 pandemic

More than a year has passed since the start of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic and there are still many things we do not understand. On the other hand, researchers from around the world worked tirelessly to bring greater knowledge about the new disease that has already been responsible for the death of more than 560,000 people in Brazil until this Tuesday (10).

If many mysteries still remain, we have selected recently published books that may help to understand a little more what humanity is facing during the pandemic.

Good reading!

The Ballerina of Death: The Spanish Flu in Brazil

Authors: Lilia Moritz Schwarcz e Heloisa Murgel Starling
Publishing company: Company of Letters
Price: R $ 59.90 (368 págs.); R $ 29.90 (ebook)

Sometimes looking at the past can be a good way to understand the present. This is what the book by historians Lilia Moritz Schwarcz and Heloisa Murgel Starling does when telling what the passage of the Spanish flu here over 100 years ago represented for Brazil.

False news? People who refuse to believe that the disease exists? Confused guidelines from health authorities? All of this was already there—except for our most potent weapon against infectious diseases: the rapid development of vaccines.

The Ballerina of Death
Credit: reproduction

  • Buy the book The Ballerina of Death: The Spanish Flu in Brazil, Lilia Mortiz Schwarcz and Heloisa Murgel Starling

Virus Planet: How This Microscopic Being Has Changed So Much—and Will Change—Our Lives

Author: Carl Zimmer
Publishing company: New Century
Price: R $ 39.90 (160 págs.); R $ 27.90 (ebook)

In this book, one of today’s leading science writers goes beyond the current pandemic to expose our close and ancient relationship with microscopic beings.

  • Buy Planet of Viruses: How This Microscopic Being Has Changed So Much—and Will Change—Our Lives, Carl Zimmer

How viruses and pandemics evolve

Authors: Reinaldo José Lopes and Pirula
Publishing company: HarperCollins Brasil
Price: free (ebook)

In this small digital book (available for free for Kindle), science evangelists Reinaldo José Lopes and Pirula, authors of the incredible “Darwin without Freshness”, bring in very simple language knowledge about the mechanisms that viruses use to infect us and transform contagion in pandemic.

  • Buy the book How viruses and pandemics evolve, Reinaldo José Lopes e Pirula

Pandemic Notes: And Brief Lessons for the Post-Coronavirus World

Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publishing company: Company of Letters
Price: R $ 34.90 (128 págs.); R $ 19.90 (ebook)

Israeli pop historian Yuval Noah Harari reflects in this volume on matters beyond science: How will our society get out of the current pandemic? The book is a collection of articles and interviews by the author.

  • Buy Pandemic Notes: And Brief Lessons for the Post-Coronavirus World, Yuval Noah Harari

Immunity: Germs, Vaccines and Other Fears

Author: Eula bite
Publishing company: Still
Price: R $ 40.90 (ebook)

First published in 2014, “Immunity” is an essay full of content, the result of the race by Eula Biss, American science writer, in search of answers to her own doubts on the subject. One of the best health books written in recent times.

  • Buy the book Immunity: Germs, Vaccines and Other Fears, Eula Biss
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