By Karl Taro Greenfeld
When the SARS virus broke out in China in January 2003, Karl Taro Greenfeld used to be the editor of Time Asia in Hong Kong, quite a few miles from the epicenter of the outbreak. After obscure, preliminary experiences of terrified chinese language boiling vinegar to “purify” the air, Greenfeld and his employees quickly discovered themselves immersed within the tale of a lifetime.
Deftly monitoring a mysterious viral killer from the bedside of 1 of the 1st sufferers to China’s beaten health center wards—from state of the art labs the place researchers fight to spot the virus to the struggle rooms on the global healthiness association headquarters in Geneva—China Syndrome takes readers on a gripping trip that blows in the course of the chinese language government’s attempt to hide up the affliction . . . and sounds a clarion name caution of a disaster to return: an excellent viral typhoon possibly extra lethal than any breathing ailment because the influenza of 1918.
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Extra info for China Syndrome: The True Story of the 21st Century's First Great Epidemic
When that happened first, probably in ancient Mesopotamia, man’s history became the history of our diseases. For a microbe, a city is a target-rich environment, with slabs of human meat stacked literally one over another in apartments and houses, waiting to be consumed. If there is any conceivable way for a microbe to move from one species to another, it will find it. Of the four major modes of disease transmission—waterborne, vector borne, airborne, or direct contact—each is facilitated by urban life.
Because of some design quirks, the neighborhood was never likely to become a haven for middle-class families. For example, the developers had left just two meters of clearance between the buildings. As a result, the nar row, unpaved alleys saw light only at high noon every day and for the rest of the day were swathed in white fluorescence. If you were in the Click at noon on a sunny day, the sudden appearance of this yellowy natural light was almost confusing. During the damp summer months, streams trickled between the buildings; in the winter, these areas became soggy pathways.
That’s good news,” he said before hanging up. He walked along Dongmen Avenue. Already, in just the few weeks he had been in Shenzhen, the building that had stood here before—it had housed a nightclub featuring Russian girls, he remembered—had been torn down and a new one was going up in its place. Its sign promised INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE. He walked past a Häagen-Dazs and then turned down a narrow alley, on his way back to the Click, pausing for a moment before a Wild Flavor restau rant that was expanding.