The 1918 flu faded in our collective memory: we might ‘forget’ the coronavirus, too
Viruses are not just threats — they are also actors in evolution's long story. If we can survive the coming waves of disease, can we also learn to host pathogens in a more balanced and less toxic world? David Waltner-Toews, a veterinary epidemiologist and author, contemplates in Aeon magazine why a safe future for humanity could come from understanding the active agency of viruses and their rich lifeworlds.
I’m an epidemiologist. When I heard about Britain’s ‘herd immunity’ coronavirus plan, I thought it was satire