Here are a few books you can read to understand the spread of COVID-19 better

Taking into account everything that is happening around us, it is only natural that we want to gain a better understanding of the spread of COVID-19. Listed below are a few books, both fiction and non-fiction, that are about similar situations.


  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road is a 2006 post-apocalyptic novel by American writer Cormac McCarthy. The book details the journey of a father and his young son over a period of several months, across a landscape blasted by an unspecified cataclysm that has destroyed most of civilization and, in the intervening years, almost all life on Earth.
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  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven is a 2014 novel by Emily St. John Mandel. It is Mandel’s fourth novel. The novel takes place in the Great Lakes region after a fictional swine flu pandemic, known as the “Georgia Flu”, has devastated the world, killing most of the population.

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  • The Rats by James Herbert

The Rats (1974) is a horror novel by British writer James Herbert. This was Herbert’s first novel and included graphic depictions of death and mutilation. A film adaptation was made in 1982, called Deadly Eyes. The Rats was followed by three sequels, Lair (1979), Domain (1984) and The City (1993)

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  • Missing Microbes by Martin J. Blaser, MD

A clarion call to save humanity’s most essential fellow creatures – and our health Far beneath our skin exists an unfathomable, ancient universe – an internal ecosystem that is critical to our health. Dr. Martin Blaser invites us into the wilds of the human ‘microbiome’, unfurling its inner workings and evolution. For thousands of years, bacteria and human cells have co-existed in a relationship that has ensured the health and equilibrium of our body. But now, much like the natural world outside of us, our internal environment is being irrevocably destroyed. The culprit: some of our most revered medical advances – antibiotics – which appear to be linked to the epidemics of asthma, eczema, obesity, certain forms of cancer, and other diseases plaguing modern society. In a book that stands as the Silent Spring of its day, Blaser sounds a provocative alarm that we ignore at our peril.


  • Pandemic by Robin Cook

Pandemic is a 2018 medical thriller novel by Robin Cook. The book reveals around the molecule called “CRISPR/Cas9, which can be custom-tailored to find and alter genes in living organisms.

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  • Outbreak by Robin Cook

Outbreak is a medical thriller written by Robin Cook and published in 1987 which deals with an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the United States. The book was made into a television movie in 1995 and released under the title Robin Cook’s Virus, later renamed Formula for Death, starring Nicollette Sheridan and William Devane.

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