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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 preexisting ones and those newly identified - emerge and reemerge 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 recognised 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, 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.

©2020 Michael Greger (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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  • 05-06-20

Thought provoking and terrifying

If you are worried about Covid19 do not get this. This is a no bs look at the very real possibility of the h5n1 avian flu virus becoming airborne, and with a 60% mortality, making COVID19 look cuddly in comparison.

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A must read!

a clearly written and we'll read narration on the current crisis, and it's beginning. A wake up call that this could pale into insignificance if we do not act as a major far more frightening pandemic is on its way. Gives insight on what needs to be done to stop this or at least reduce the risk.
if concerns about your health and environment were not enough this should make you think seriously about the consumption of meat particularly poultry produced on an industrial scale.

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A lesson for all of us.

We can't carry on as we are doing. listening to thus book will make you rethink your diet, lifestyle and beliefs.
Adopting a plant based diet won't be such a scary thing after all.
Give it a try !
A great scientific, informative book.

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Great work!

Another great work by Dr. Michael Greger. There should be a movie documentary made on this book.

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Accessible to listeners of any background

Great material and essential info for our current/future lives

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Recommend!!!

Interesting I site to how pandemics originate. Looking at the main causes etc. Going in to science and history. This is a good book

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Good arguments well presented - though I doubt 'Big Chicken' will buy it - so we're all doomed - unless we STOP EATING KFC AND CHICKEN NUGGETS FFS!

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magnificent

We ALL need this education .....Now! before it's too late for the animal kingdom and the human race

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Probably like many others, it was the covid pandemic that prompted me to listen to this (plus I’m already a fan of Dr Greger). It’s not exactly bedtime reading. There is a lot of in depth scientific information around pandemics in general, with much more attention being given to H5N1 rather than COVID-19. It’s frightening to think that the current COVID-19 pandemic could just be a relatively mild wake up call, but this is ultimately a message of hope - that, by changing the way we treat other animals, we can save ourselves from a more deadly pandemic.

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should be entitled why we caused a pandemic

Hard listen as our chickens are literally coming home to roost. spends almost 2/3rds of the book going over details of intensive farm processes.was hoping more optimism at the end