1st Edition

Managing and Preventing Pandemics Lessons From COVID-19

By Roberto De Vogli Copyright 2025
    291 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    291 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Using an evidence-based, critical, population health approach, this book provides a comprehensive critical analysis of the key errors in and most effective interventions for containing the COVID-19 pandemic. It also examines the root determinants of pandemic risk on a global scale and addresses the policy changes to be implemented to prevent future health crises.

    Part One of the book discusses the lethal errors in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing particularly on those countries that failed to limit the death toll caused by the health crisis. These errors include lack of preparation, disinformation, medicalization, adoption of a “laissez-faire the virus” approach and inequity. Part Two analyzes the vital actions that allowed “virtuous” countries to effectively limit the most deadly effects of the pandemic: prevention, immunization and support.

    Part Three examines what we should do to prevent the next pandemic. This part examines the proximal social and environmental causes of pandemic risk (e.g., deforestation, urbanization and climate change), as well as the “causes of the causes,” which include our model of global economic development and its philosophical and ideological principles.

     

     

     

     

    Preface

     

    Introduction

    PART ONE: LETHAL ERRORS

    1. Unpreparedness

    2. Disinformation

    3. Medicalization

    4. “Laissez-faire the virus”

    5. Inequity

     PART TWO: VITAL ACTIONS

    6. Prevention

    7. Immunization

    8. Support

     PART THREE: PREVENTING FUTURE PANDEMICS

    9. COVID-19: a man-made virus?

    10. The economic fabric of zoonoses

    11. Humanitarian immune responses

     

     

    Biography

    Roberto De Vogli is an Associate Professor of Global Health and Psychology of Power, University of Padova, Italy.