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The end of October

a novel
"... an electrifying thriller about a mysterious killer virus bringing the world to its knees"--Publisher.

Salvation day

"A lethal virus is awoken on an abandoned spaceship in this incredibly fast-paced, claustrophobic thriller. They thought the ship would be their salvation. Zahra knew every detail of the plan. House of Wisdom, a massive exploration vessel, had been abandoned by the government of Earth a decade earlier, when a deadly virus broke out and killed everyone on board in a matter of hours. But now it could belong to her people if they were bold enough to take it. All they needed to do was kidnap Jaswinder Bhattacharya--the sole survivor of the tragedy, and the last person whose genetic signature would allow entry to the spaceship. But what Zahra and her crew could not know was what waited for them on the ship--a terrifying secret buried by the government. A threat to all of humanity that lay sleeping alongside the orbiting dead. And then they woke it up "--Provided by publisher.

Epidemics and pandemics

real tales of deadly diseases
Tells the tale of five of history's most critical contagions and the havoc these diseases wreaked across the globe, including the bubonic plague, yellow fever, smallpox, Spanish influenza, and AIDS.

Past pandemics and COVID-19

"Hi-Lo YA nonfiction. COVID-19 is not the first disease to spread around the world. The Black Death killed nearly one-third of Europe's population in the 1300s. More than 500 million people became sick with the flu in 1918. Past Pandemics and COVID-19 examines how COVID-19 compares to other widespread diseases in history"--Provided by the publisher.

The companions

a novel
"In the wake of a highly contagious virus, California is under quarantine. Sequestered in high rise towers, the living can't go out, but the dead can come in--and they come in all forms, from sad rolling cans to manufactured bodies that can pass for human. Wealthy participants in the 'companionship' program choose to upload their consciousness before dying, so they can stay in the custody of their families. The less fortunate are rented out to strangers upon their death, but all companions become the intellectual property of Metis Corporation, creating a new class of people--a command-driven product-class without legal rights or true free will."--Provided by publisher.

Crisis in the red zone

the story of the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, and of the outbreaks to come
"The 2013-2014 Ebola epidemic that began in equatorial Africa was the deadliest ever--but the outbreaks continue . . . [This book provides an] account of the doctors and scientists fighting to protect us, and an urgent wake-up call about the future of emerging viruses"--Dust jacket.

Phase six

a novel
"A spare and gripping novel about the next pandemic--completed by the award-winning Jim Shepard before COVID-19 even emerged--that reads like a fictional sequel to our current crisis. In a tiny settlement on the west coast of Greenland, 11-year-old Aleq and his best friend, frequent trespassers at a mining site exposed to mountains of long-buried and thawing permafrost, carry what they pick up back into their village, and from there Shepard's harrowing and deeply moving story follows Aleq, one of the few survivors of the initial outbreak, through his identification and radical isolation as the likely index patient. While he shoulders both a crushing guilt for what he may have done and the hopes of a world looking for answers, we also meet two Epidemic Intelligence Service investigators dispatched from the CDC--Jeannine, an epidemiologist and daughter of Algerian immigrants, and Danice, an MD and lab wonk. As they attempt to head off the cataclysm, Jeannine--moving from the Greeland hospital overwhelmed with the first patients to a Level 4 high-security facility in the Rocky Mountains--does what she can to sustain Aleq. Both a chamber piece of multiple intimate perspectives and a more omniscient glimpse into the megastructures (political, cultural, and biological) that inform such a disaster, the novel reminds us of the crucial bonds that form in the midst of catastrophe, as a child and several hyper-educated adults learn what it means to provide adequate support for those they love. In the process, they celebrate the precious worlds they might lose, and help to shape others that may survive"--.

COVID-19 pandemic

"This title focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic and gives information related to its symptoms, causes, and global impact. This hi-lo title is complete with . . . historical photographs, simple text, glossary, and an index"--Provided by publisher.

And we came outside and saw the stars again

writers from around the world on the COVID-19 pandemic
Writers from around the world provide essays, stories, poems and artwork detailing the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The origins and spread of COVID-19

"From its murky origins in China to its rapid development into a full-blown health crisis, COVID-19 has killed hundreds of thousands worldwide and led government leaders to lock down their economies and quarantine their citizens. The virus appears to have originated in Wuhan, China. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) gave the disease its official name. COVID-19 means a COronaVIrus Disease discovered in 2019. One month later, on March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the disease a pandemic--meaning a sudden increase in cases across a wide area, in this instance worldwide"--Provided by publisher.


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