Plagued: Pandemics from the Black Death to Covid-19 and Beyond by John Froude

If you’re like me, you probably lost interest in news stories about the pandemic a long time ago. In an overly quantified era, most coronavirus “news” is nothing more than a running tally—deaths, vaccinations, or some morbid ranking of countries—wrapped in a ribbon of decorative words. The counting of the coronavirus—along with its bastard cousin, the predicting of the coronavirus—has drowned out conversations that we could be having about this pandemic but aren’t.

Say, for example: With all the advances in modern medicine, why do pandemics keep happening?