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The Covid-19 Reader
The Science and What It Says About the Social

ISBN 9780367682286
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
276 Pages

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This reader offers some of the most important writing to date from the science of COVID-19 and what science says about its spread and social implications. The readings have been carefully selected, introduced, and interpreted for an introductory or graduate student readership by a distinguished medical sociology and political science team. While some of the early science was inaccurate, lacking sufficient data, or otherwise incomplete, the author team has selected the most important and reliable early work for teachers and students in courses on medical sociology, public health, nursing, infectious diseases, epidemiology, anthropology of medicine, sociology of health and illness, social aspects of medicine, comparative health systems, health policy and management, health behaviors, and community health. Global in scope, the book tells the story of what happened and how COVID-19 was dealt with. Much of this material is in clinical journals, normally not considered in the social sciences, which are nonetheless informative and authoritative for student and faculty readers. Their selection and interpretation for students makes this concise reader an essential teaching source about COVID-19. An accompanying online resource on the book’s Routledge web page will update and evolve by providing links to new readings as the science develops.

Table of Contents


Part I. Introduction

    1. Preparing for the Next Pandemic
    2. Michael T. Osterholm

    3. Identifying Airborne Transmission as the Dominant Route for the Spread of COVID-19
    4. Renyi Zhang, Yixin Li, Annie L. Zhangc, Yuan Wang and Mario J. Molina

    5. Asymptomatic Transmission, the Achilles’ Heel of Current Strategies to Control Covid-19
    6. Monica Gandhi, Deborah S. Yokoe and Diane V. Havlir

      Part II. The Origin in China

    7. Pangolins Harbor SARS-CoV-2-Related Coronaviruses
    8. Guan-Zhu Han

    9. The Epidemiological and Clinical Features of COVID-19 and Lessons from this Global Infectious Public Health Event
    10. Huilan Tu, Sheng Tu, Shiqi Gao, Anwen Shao and Jifang Sheng

    11. Authoritarianism, Outbreaks, and Information Politics
    12. Matthew Kavanagh

    13. China’s Diplomacy and Changing the COVID-19 Narrative
    14. Raj Verma

      Part III. Europe

    15. First Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the WHO European Region, 24 January to 21 February 2020
    16. Gianfranco Spiteri, James Fielding, Michaela Diercke et al.

    17. Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 Mortality: Are Comorbidities to Blame?
    18. Krithi Ravi

    19. Nudges Against Pandemics: Sweden’s COVID-19 Containment Strategy in Perspective
    20. Jon Pierre

    21. Herd immunity or suppression strategy to combat COVID-19
    22. F. Jung, V. Krieger, F.T. Hufert, and J.-H. Kupper


      Part IV. United States and Canada

    23. Public Health Response to the Initiation and Spread of Pandemic COVID-19 in the United States, February 24–April 21, 2020
    24. Anne Schuchat

    25. Characteristics of Persons Who Died with COVID-19 — United States, February 12–May 18, 2020
    26. Jonathan M. Wortham et al.

    27. States Divided: The Implications of American Federalism for COVID-19
    28. Donald F. Kettl

    29. Shelter-In-Place Orders Reduced COVID-19 Mortality and Reduced The Rate Of Growth In Hospitalizations
    30. Wei Lyu and George L. Wehby

    31. Strong Social Distancing Measures in the United States Reduced the COVID-19 Growth Rate
    32. Charles Courtemanche, Joseph Garuccio, Anh Le, Joshua Pinkston, and Aaron Yelowitz

    33. Understanding COVID-19 Risks and Vulnerabilities among Black Communities in America: The Lethal Force of Syndemics
    34. Tonia Poteat, Gregorio A. Millett, LaRon E. Nelson and Chris Beyrer

    35. Early Signs Indicate That COVID-19 is Exacerbating Gender Inequality in the Labor Force
    36. Linda Christin Lanivar et al.

    37. Visualizing the Geographic and Demographic Distribution of COVID-19
    38. Patrick Denice et al.


      Part V. Latin America and Africa

    39. In the COVID-19 Pandemic in Brazil, Do Brown Lives Matter?"
    40. Helena Ribeiro, Viviana Mendes Lima and Eliseu Alves Waldman

    41. The Colliding Epidemics of COVID-19, Ebola, and Measles in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
    42. Jean B Nachega, Placide Mbala-Kingebeni, John Otshudiema, Alimuddin Zumla, Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tam-Fum

    43. Africa in the Path of Covid-19
    44. Wafaa M. El-Sadr and Jessica Justman

      Part VI. Resolution

    45. Why do countries respond differently to COVID-19? A comparative study of Sweden, China, France, and Japan by
    46. Bo Yan, Xiaomin Zhang, Long Wu, Heng Zhu, and Bin Chen

    47. How Pandemics End

Gina Kolata

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William C. Cockerham is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Chair Emeritus, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Research Scholar of Sociology, College of William & Mary, USA. He is the author of Medical Sociology, 15th ed. (Routledge, forthcoming); Sociological Theories of Health and Illness (Routledge, 2021); Sociology of Mental Disorder, 11th ed. (Routledge, 2021); Social Causes of Health and Disease, 3rd ed. (2021); Associate Editor-in-Chief, The International Encyclopedia of Public Health (2017); and Editor-in-Chief, Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society (2014).

Geoffrey B. Cockerham, Associate Professor of Political Science at Utah Valley University, is the author of Global Governance and Public Health (2018) and Health and Globalization (2010).