This book might save your life or that of the loved ones around you.By early December 2020, as many as 10,000 people were being infected with the Covid virus, every hour of every day, in the US alone. Up to two people were dying every minute, and many of those who survive will suffer lasting damage to their heart, lungs, brain, and other organs. Vaccines, while tantalizingly close, are unlikely to be generally available for everyone until the second quarter of 2021.The virus is very real and very dangerous. But our public health authorities seem unable to coordinate between themselves and give us consistent messages on what we should and should not do, or what we can do to avoid an infection beyond wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing our hands. If we become infected, we're tragically told to do nothing except take it easy at home and hope our infection doesn't get worse.You need more information and better information on all these points. You need this book. Although written to scholarly standards with lots of citations, it is written in simple clear terms for everyone to use and benefit from.In four major sections, spanning 477 pages, and with a massive 780 footnotes, 650+ links to sources and extra material, 69 charts and graphs, and a matching website with updates and additional resources, this book gives you the knowledge about what to do and how to do it.Topics covered include :What the Virus IsHow you Catch the VirusHow to Avoid Catching the Virus at HomeHow to Avoid Catching the Virus at WorkHow to Avoid Catching the Virus when TravelingHow to Avoid Catching the Virus Everywhere ElseShould You Wear a MaskWhat Happens if You're InfectedSteps to Reduce the Severity of an InfectionWhy the Virus is So ControversialWhat to Believe and How to Interpret ClaimsHydroxychloroquine - Why Such DisagreementsWhat to Expect about Vaccines
Since January 2020, I've published over 160 articles about Covid-19.My undergraduate studies were in the sciences and subsequently won the Sheffield Prize as best business student at New Zealand's top business school while completing my MBA. I'm a trained mediator, nationally certified firearms safety instructor, top-level licensed amateur radio operator (NZ9G), certified English as a Second Language teacher, and volunteer middle-school STEM teacher.Originally from New Zealand (the country that has better managed the virus than anywhere else in the world) I've lived in the Seattle area (the first virus hotspot in the US) for 35 years. I've worked in fields ranging from food packaging to public relations, from computer sales and software development to consulting, and variously in NZ, Australia, Russia, and the US. I've been quoted in major newspapers, interviewed on regional, national and international radio and television programs, and have appeared as a keynote speaker at various industry events.I've a teenage daughter and a dog. I'm not sure which is the more obedient.