Field Notes From A Pandemic

Field Notes From A Pandemic

A Journey Through A World Suspended

Book - 2020
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Equal parts travelogue and pandemic guide, journalist Ethan Lou examines the societal effects of COVID-19 and takes us on a mesmerizing journey around a world that will never be the same. Visiting Beijing in January to see his dying grandfather, Canadian journalist Ethan Lou unknowingly walks into a state under siege. In his journey out of China and into other hot zones in Asia and Europe, he finds himself witnessing the very earliest stages of a virus that will forever change the world as we know it. Lou argues that Coronavirus will have a far greater impact than SARS, for example, simply because China is now many more times integrated with the increasingly interconnected world. Over decades, globalization has crafted a world painfully sensitive and susceptible to shocks such as this pandemic. A crisis like it has thus been long overdue--and we have yet to see it unfold fully. In our integrated world, events that may previously be isolated now ripple farther and wider and in ways we do not expect and cannot foresee. We have not seen the worst, and if and when we outlast this pandemic, nothing will ever be the same--not just healthcare systems but also economies, politics and culture. Decisions now--or indecisions--will shape and define the world for decades. These ideas are fleshed out through the virus's spawning and how it spread, the unprecedented measures to contain it and an examination of past pandemics and other crises and how they shaped the world--and an argument for why this one's different. Lou shows how drastically the virus has transformed the world and charts the greater and more radical shifts to come. His ideas and arguments are framed around his journey around the world, whose path the virus seemed to follow until he landed safely in quarantine in a small town in Germany where he was able to take stock and start telling his story.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Signal,, 2020
ISBN: 9780771029974
Branch Call Number: 614.592 LOU
Characteristics: 219 pages ; 21 cm

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Equal parts travelogue and pandemic guide, journalist Ethan Lou examines the societal effects of COVID-19 and takes us on a mesmerizing journey around a world that will never be the same.


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Jan 10, 2021

Unfortunately for Ethan Lou of Toronto he was in Beijing on the Eve of Chinese New Year 2020 just as Wuhan was being locked completely to spread the Corona Virus. He had gone there to see his ailing grandfather and was very fortunate that he managed to see him before the home he was in stopped allowing visitors. After that all his plans went awry because of COVID 19. Yet, I would have to describe his experience as fortunate because he has come out with a remarkable book. His book is not only a first person account of what he encountered as he traveled through the COVID hot spots but also an in depth analysis of the geopolitical factors which have made the pandemic what it is. This book will be valid for years to come but to read it as a lived experience is all the more interesting for us.

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