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Sonia Shah | TED | Make Pandemic Optional

Sonia Shah | TED | Make Pandemic Optional

How to make pandemic optional, not in by Sonia Shah. What can past pandemics teach us how to tackle the current one? Tracing the history of contagions from cholera to Ebola and beyond, science journalist Sonia Shah explains why we’re more vulnerable to outbreaks now than ever before, what we can do to minimize the spread of coronavirus and how to prevent future pandemics. (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by science curator David Biello and current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers. Recorded March 31, 2020).

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Sonia Shah | TED | Make Pandemic Optional

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Science historian Sonia Shah explores the surprisingly fascinating story behind an ancient scourge malaria.

Why you should listen

Aided by economics, culture, its own resilience and that of the insect that carries it (the mosquito), the malaria parasite has determined for thousands of years the health and course not only of human lives, but also of whole civilizations. In her book The Fever, author Sonia Shah outlines the epic and devastating history of malaria and shows how it still infects 500 million people every year, and kills half a million, in a context where economic inequality collides with science and biology.

Shah’s book The Body Hunters established her as a heavy hitter in the field of investigative human rights reporting. She is a frequent contributor to publications such as Scientific American, The Nation and Foreign Affairs.

What others say

“[Shah is] able to weave sections about science, history, and culture together in a seamless and fascinating way.” — NPR.org

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