Daisy Alioto manages audience development at the New York Review. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Baffler, The Paris Review Daily, Longreads, Los Angeles Review of Books and other publications. (March 2020)

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Plagues and Pandemics: Further Reading

A colorized image of a coronavirus made from transmission electron microscopy, February 21, 2008

Aside from world war, nothing has the capacity to touch every citizen on the globe like a pandemic. History has much to teach us about facing the spread of an invisible enemy. Why were warnings ignored? How are ecology and public health intertwined? Who stands to lose when a cure is inevitably found and the developed world moves on? We’ve grappled with these questions in the Review before, through early accounts of the plague, histories of mosquitoes and rats, Philip Roth’s fictional account of polio season, and more.