Exchange Exemplar: Stopping the next epidemic, and the next after that
Before COVID-19, we had many other concerns about health upon which to focus. Many have been eclipsed by the pandemic, but it won't stay this way forever. We think.
One major concern is the situation with antibiotics: they successfully kill bacterial infections, but the bacteria adapt over time, and become resistant to the drugs.
That's the situation physician Matt McCarthy addresses in his book Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic.
He describes efforts to push past vaccine resistance, and to create new drugs, a process with which the author is involved.
We replay his pre-pandemic visit from 2019.