Review By Glenn Koenen – St. Louis
Yes, the parallels startle.
- The jump from animals (pigs in Kansas) to people escaped notice for longer than it should.
- The first major infected population spread the disease far and wide at breakneck speed.
- Governments – especially America’s – bungled the early response.
- Many of those researching and fighting the disease perished or suffered.
- Working folks took the biggest financial hit.
True, as the book explains, a pandemic almost by definition is never expected. The response always begins ad hoc as bits of the story pop-up – along with a lot of red herrings and confusion.
Yet, the overall situation mimics past events. Instead of remembering what had been learned, alas, a thousand wrong decisions recreate the same mistakes.