Reading Covid-19 round-up: Focusing on the failures of science and government

Eoin Ó Broin looks at the growing number of titles on the impact of pandemic

Covid-19 and its human, psychological, social and economic impacts are wholly manmade. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Covid-19 and its human, psychological, social and economic impacts are wholly manmade. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Pop the word Covid-19 into any online book store and you will see the ever growing series of titles on the pandemic. Between the conspiracy theories and medical manuals there are a small number of though provoking works trying to make sense of the science, economics and ecology of the coronavirus.

Richard Horton’s The Covid-19 Catastrophe (Polity, £12.99) is one of the strongest works to date. Its subtitle – What’s gone wrong and how to stop it happening again – makes clear the authors’ focus on the failures of science and government to get to grips with the pandemic, and what we need to do when the next virus comes.

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