Reedsy Discovery Review – Covidians & Covidology

Below is a review I wrote as a Reedsy Discovery reviewer. I received an Advance Reader’s Copy in return for my honest review.  You can see the review in its natural habitat by visiting Reedsy Discovery.  The author is Nasser Negm.

 

This is a tough review to write and a tough book to rate – not because of the book’s quality and content but because it’s a book.

Information on Covid-19 is, as we know, rapidly evolving. Although there are updates in this book, which has already been published, some of the information is already out of date – specifically, the latest information on vaccines is completely missing. In fact, things are changing so quickly that even this review might not address new developments by the time the book is launched.

Dr. Negm does an excellent job categorizing medical information for the lay reader; for instance, he rates several Covid-19 treatment and prevention methods in terms of usefulness and potential harmfulness, which I believe is the greatest value the book holds. There are nicely-presented grahics as well, and the author’s sources are well-documented. When the doctor takes off the lab coat to discuss economics and disparities among the classes, he is not quite so precise. I understand his concepts, but he does not articulate them as well as he conveys purely medical knowledge (which, by the way, is exceptional). The views still hold value, however.

If this information were on a web site with regular updates, I would give it four or five stars; the reason for only three stars, as mentioned earlier, is the choice of a static medium to address a constantly evolving topic.  In addition, there are some minor language differences which could use some tweaking to become clearer.

The book does provide an interesting snapshot of one point in time during the pandemic, and I would love to see another title written by this intelligent man once we are on the other side of this mountain, with conclusions and analysis of our handling and potentially controlling this scourge.

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