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Breathless : The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus

David Quammen
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Publishing (Vintage)
Published: October 19, 2023
ISBN: 9781529114188
448 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


From the author of Spillover, the book that predicted the pandemic, Breathless is the story of Covid-19 and its fierce journey through the human population, as seen by the scientists tasked with fighting it.

Bestelling author David Quammen draws on countless interviews with experts, including leading virologists, to take us inside the global race to understand SARS-CoV-2, it’s ever-changing nature and capacity to kill. In doing so, he explains how new viruses emerge when we disrupt ecosystems and suggests why the coronavirus may be here to stay.

By peering over the shoulders of the brilliant scientists leading the chase, Breathless uncovers the warnings from infectious diseases experts that went unheeded; and which clues are the most compelling in the hunt for the virus’ origin.

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