Diseases & Epidemics
- Why We Get Sick by Benjamin T. Bikman
(available in print and eBook formats)
- Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah
(available in print, eBook and eAudio formats)
- Get Well Soon : History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by
Jennifer Ashley Wright (available in print)
- The End of Epidemics: The Looking Threat to Humanity and How to Stop It by
Jonathan D. Quick (available in print)
- The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria and Hubris by
Mark Honigsbaum (available in print)
- COVID-19: The Pandemic That Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop
the Next One by Debora MacKenzie (available in print)
- The Coronavirus Prevention Handbook : 1001 Science-Based Tips that Could
Save Your Life by Wang Zhou (available in print and eBook formats)
- Outbreaks and Epidemics : Battling Infection from Measles to Coronavirus by
Meera Senthilingam (available in print)
- The Plague Cycle by Charles Kenny (available in print, audio, eBook and eAudio formats)
- COVID-19 Pandemic: A New Chapter in the History of Infectious Diseases
Abdullah A. Balkhair, Oman Med.J., v35(2); Mar. 2020
- Emerging Infectious Diseases, Abstracts and articles
A definition of disease: Disease: Illness or sickness characterized by specific signs
Difference between Illness and Disease: Disease is something that needs to be cured.
Illness is something that needs to be managed.
- An EPIDEMIC is a disease that affects a large number of people within a community,
population, or region.
- A PANDEMIC is an epidemic that’s spread over multiple countries or continents.
- ENDEMIC is something that belongs to a particular people or country.
- An OUTBREAK is a greater-than-anticipated increase in the number of endemic cases.
It can also be a single case in a new area. If it’s not quickly controlled, an outbreak can
become an epidemic.
Additional information about the difference between a pandemic and an epidemic.
Examples of Epidemics,, Pandemics, Common Diseases and Communicable
vs. Non-Communicable Diseases
- Examples of Epidemics and Pandemics:
Cholera, Scarlet Fever, Typhoid Mary, 1918 H1N1, Diphtheria, Polio,
H2N2, Measles, Crypto, 2009 H1N1, Whooping cough, HIV, COVID-19
- Examples of Common Illnesses:
Allergies, colds and flu, conjunctivitis, diarrhea, headaches, mononucleosis, stomach aches
- Examples of Common Diseases:
Heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Diabetes
- Communicable vs. Non-Communicable Diseases
Communicable diseases comprise infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and measles,
while non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are mostly chronic diseases such as
cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and diabetes.
- 20 of the worse epidemics and pandemics in history
- Disease outbreaks
- Endemics, Epidemics and Pandemics
- Epidemics Now
- Interim: Implications of the Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Variant VOC 202012/01
- Intermountain Healthcare: a blog
- Thelancet.com COVID-19 and the Impact on Cancer Care
- Managing epidemics: Key facts about major deadly diseases
- Medicalnewstoday.com Keep up on current medical news.
- Outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics-what you need to know.
- Webmd.com : Even Mild COVID Can Leave “Long-Haul Illness
- Why deforestation and extinctions make pandemics more likely
- The Worst Outbreaks in U.S. History
- Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology The largest association for professionals in infection prevention and control designed to reduce the risk of infection.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC is the nation’s health protection agency that work 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats wherever they are.
- Health and Human Services (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) They encourage and support scientific advances in medicine, public health and social services for the betterment of Americans.
- MedlinePlus MedlinePlus is an online health information resource for people.
- National Association of County and City Health Officials They seek to improve human health using science, respect, innovation among other core values.
- National Institutes of Health This is the national medical research agency with the objective of ensuring good health.
- Pan American Health Organization They specialize in international health for the Americas to improve, promote and protect health.
- WebMD They provide the best health information and support possible that is up-to-date and credible.
- Will County Health Department & Community Health Center Their objective is to prevent disease and promote a healthier environment for everyone.
- World Health Organization WHO works worldwide to promote health, keep the world safe, serve the vulnerable and protect people from emergencies so we can all reach toward health and well-being.