The Next Pandemic: What's to Come?Reviews

The Next Pandemic: What's to Come?: ISBN 978-1-6782-0172-2/ eBook: 978-1-6782-0173-9
Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2021

An examination of the weaknesses revealed by Covid-19 in the world’s ability to respond to outbreaks of infectious diseases.
Based on our experiences with Covid-19, Allen frankly explores the concerns of scientists and public health experts with respect to future pandemics. Despite the fact that many governments were not prepared to handle Covid-19, the author maintains a hopeful outlook as he explores the ways experts are taking measures to make future responses more effective. Divided into four chapters, the book explores the need for early warning systems to track and predict outbreaks, noting concerns related to privacy with increased government surveillance via connected devices; the need for improved and more widely available testing and treatment options, including at-home testing; and the need for precisely tailored, broad-based, and expanded vaccines as well as improved delivery ! of vaccinations. In the final chapter, the author explores reasons for the increase in zoonotic viruses crossing from animals to humans, including how such transfer happens. Throughout the book, Allen employs a conversational tone and clarifies many advanced terms and concepts, including through the utilization of sidebars and full-color images. The extensive discussion of ongoing research makes this work appropriate for more sophisticated readers. Unfortunately, the book ends abruptly, leaving readers in want of a summary or conclusion.
A timely discussion of the potential future of pandemics. (source notes, further research, index, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 14-18)