Over the past two weeks people have increasingly spent time at home, often turning to television series and movies to distract themselves from being in the same place for days on end. But as the Netflix series dry up and the scary, pandemic-based movies run out, many are turning to books as a means of entertainment and education.
And with the growing awareness of public health, global health, and diseases there has been an interest in learning more about the history and incredible stories associated with some of the world’s greatest challenges and most inspiring stories.
When it comes to infectious disease and public health efforts, real life is often stranger - and more entertaining - than fiction.
With that in mind (and numerous requests for recommendations), We set out to make a list of the books that will entertain, educate, and open up an entirely new world for those without a background in public health or infectious disease. This list is certainly not all-inclusive, and can in no way be ranked. For your sanity, it does not include textbooks or medical literature. The books listed are both enjoyable to read and leave the reader feeling like they know more about the world around them. Many are inspiring, despite the harsh realities and inequalities they present. And all are true stories, as told by those in the fight for better health.
Here are our top 20 recommendations for infectious disease and public health books to read while surviving an infectious disease pandemic:
For good measure, We’ve also included a few “escapist reads” that are more story-telling than public health, but leave you with a better understanding of the world during difficult times in human history as we battle epidemics – and one coloring book for those who have a more visual learning style.
Global Health. Human Rights. Big Ideas. Strategic Vision.