The COVID-19 Pandemic

ABC-CLIO. (Turning Points). Mar. 2021. 174p. ISBN 9781440878275. $40. REF
This very timely resource explores the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, from a largely U.S. perspective. Hillstrom (The Vaping Controversy) starts with an overview, with sections about the U.S. response and the politicization of the crisis. The book also places the pandemic in historical perspective with a chronology of major epidemics and pandemics from 1350 to 2014. Articles cover the virus’s emergence in China, its economic consequences, and relevant U.S. political issues, such as the congressional CARE Act and tension between President Trump and governors who requested federal assistance. Hillstrom also considers the pandemic’s impact on home and family life, education, and sports, before concluding with brief biographical profiles of important figures of the era, such as Deborah Birx, Andrew Cuomo, Anthony Fauci, Mike Pence, and Gretchen Whitmer. Each article has a resource list, and the work concludes with a list of articles, books, and websites, by subject area.
VERDICT Though useful, the book focuses on events in the United States before the 2020 election and the widespread rollout of vaccines. It examines social, political, and economic issues rather than medical and clinical information. Those seeking current information about the pandemic and its effects around the world will need to consult other sources for supplemental information.
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