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World War C

Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic and How to Prepare for the Next One

CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, MD, offers an accessible, data-packed answer to our biggest questions about Covid-19: What have we learned about this pandemic and how can we prepare for—or prevent—the next one?

As America’s favorite frontline Covid-19 health journalist, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has barely left his primetime seat in his makeshift studio basement since the pandemic began (other than to perform brain surgery). He’s had the insider of insider access to the drama’s unfolding, including exclusive conversations with the world’s top public health experts and behind-the-scenes scientists racing to find treatments and cures. And now he’s sharing what he’s learned in a book that will answer not only all our questions about what happened, but also about how our world will change in the years ahead, even once we’re back to “normal.”

Gupta argues that we need to prepare for a new era where pandemics will be more frequent, and possibly even more deadly. As the doctor who’s been holding America’s hand through the crisis with compassion, clarity, and well-earned wisdom, he gives you the unvarnished story behind the pandemic, including insights about the novel virus’s behavior, and offers practical tools to ready ourselves for what lies ahead. He answers critical questions: Can we stamp out the virus for good (and if not, how do we live with it)? Should we put our parents in a nursing home? Where should we live? What should we stockpile? What should we know before taking a trip? Does it make sense to spend more on health insurance to deal with any long-term effects? How do you decide when it’s safe to go to a public pool or schedule elective surgery? What should Covid survivors know about protecting their future health? What if you become a long-hauler with chronic health challenges stemming?

World War C will give you hope for the future along with real information that leaves you more resilient and secure.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta is CNN’s Emmy Award–winning chief medical correspondent and the host of the acclaimed podcast Chasing Life (formerly Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction), America’s go-to resource for expert advice on how to stay healthy and safe. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Chasing Life, Cheating Death, Monday Mornings, and Keep Sharp, Dr. Gupta lives in Atlanta, where he works as an associate professor of neurosurgery at the Emory University School of Medicine.

“Drawing on his brilliant reporting from the front lines of the fight against COVID, Gupta has produced a book filled with practical wisdom and how we can become more resilient in an era of pandemics. Filled with hope and optimism, it draws on the lessons of the recent past to give people a grounded sense of how to navigate the future.” Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Code Breaker

"If there is any 'must read' book about COVID-19, this is, without a doubt, the one." Peter Jay Hotez, MD, PhD, professor and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

"A mask, a bar of soap, some water, six feet of distance, and this remarkable book will help you survive the next pandemic we are destined to face—and better understand the one we just lived through. While there’s no cure for Covid, World War C will inoculate you from the misinformation and mistakes that have turned our world upside down." Scott Z. Burns, screenwriter, Contagion

“Part murder mystery, part practical how-to-survive guide, Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s World War C is a tour de force. In this riveting book, Sanjay divulges, as few others can, what you didn’t hear about in the news during the pandemic, and equips us with the everyday tools to stay safe and chase life like never before.” —Andy Slavitt, former senior advisor for COVID response, Biden White House

World War C is a thriller whose outcome we won’t know for some time. That’s why we need Sanjay Gupta—a trusted, honest, and wise guide—to see how we got here and help us see around the corners to prevent the next one.” — Larry Brilliant, MD, MPH, CEO, Pandefense Advisory

"With his characteristic curiosity, compassion, and humility, combined with unparalleled talent as a master-storyteller, Dr. Gupta presents the defining history of the greatest public health catastrophe of our lifetimes. This is a must-read for how we can emerge stronger as individuals and as a society." Leana Wen, MD, former Baltimore health commissioner and author of Lifelines

“Wisdom shared by Sanjay Gupta enabled me to protect our family over the last eighteen months. Now this book will help everyone feel confident they have the resources and frame of mind to tackle whatever comes next.” — Francis Ford Coppola, five-time Academy Award–winning director

"A valuable primer on what we’ve been through and what may be to come." Washington Independent Review of Books

"A wise, well-informed assessment of present and future health perils." Kirkus Reviews

"Realistic but never doom-and-gloom, this lands as a refreshing look forward." Publishers Weekly

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