This 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic affected us in almost every aspect of our lives.
He made us take sanitary measures to avoid contagion; learn about scientific terminology to understand the disease; and also reflect on how we live and how we relate to our environment.
And all these changes of which we were witnesses and protagonists are also reflected in our culture and way of communicating.
As a summary of this year marked by the pandemic, at BBC Mundo we did a selection of books in Spanish to understand the disease from different areas, analyze its consequences and find tools to cope with it.
1. “A day in the life of a virus”
What is a virus? Certainly “it is not an enemy”, says the Spanish doctor in genetics and cell biology Miguel Pita, author of “A day in the life of a virus. From DNA to pandemic ”, on popular science.
The text explains with simplicity how viruses coexist with our species, as well as the great battle that takes place inside our body when these invisible enemies access it, says the publisher on its website.
If you want to know more about Pita and his work, you can read this interview on BBC Mundo 👉 “The ideal thing for the survival of the coronavirus itself would be to transform itself into a virus that hardly makes us sick” (and why it is very likely to happen)
2. “Coronavirus: Prevention, pandemic and containment”
“Covid-19 is not by far the deadliest pandemic in history, but it is the worst we have experienced. It is our black plague “, point out the authors of the book” Coronavirus: Prevention, pandemic and containment “, Sonia de Miguel Fernández and Juan Carlos Ruiz de la Roja.
How a virus works and spreads, diagnostic tests, vaccine research, what foods protect us, and past pandemics are some of the topics covered in this book.
3. “Viruses and pandemics”
The author of “Viruses and pandemics”, who solves many doubts on this subject from a perspective on the history of humanity, is the Spanish microbiologist and professor at the University of Navarra, Ignacio López-Goñi.
This scientist is an optimist, so at the beginning of the pandemic he wrote an article in which he dared to give 10 good news about the coronavirus. You can read it here 👉 10 good news about the coronavirus (as there are already 8 vaccine projects)
“We all need to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” he told BBC Mundo in this interview: The microbiologist who dared to give 10 good news about the coronavirus (and who remains optimistic)
4. “How to eat in the times of covid-19”
Mariela Glandt is the author of “How to eat in the times of covid-19” where she makes us reflect on what we are eating in the middle of the pandemic.
The endocrinologist specializing in diabetes agrees with many other specialists, who study the new coronavirus, that our immune system must be strengthened so that if we contract covid-19, the consequences are much milder.
“There is an epidemic that is aggravating the coronavirus and that is that we eat low quality food,” Glandt told BBC Mundo.
If you want to read the full interview you can do it here 👉 “There is an epidemic that is aggravating the coronavirus and that is that we eat low quality food”
In the book “Pandemocracia”, its author, the Spanish philosopher Daniel Innerarity, assures that the coronavirus crisis is a “pandemocratic” event, like all global risks.
There is the paradox that a risk that equalizes us all reveals at the same time how unequal we are, causes other inequalities and puts our democracies to the test.
Can the specter of death caused by the coronavirus pandemic open a new debate on equality ?, asks Jorge Alemán, author of “Pandemonium. Notes on the disaster ”.
The Argentine psychoanalyst and writer explores the present of humanity in its fight against the pandemic from philosophy, politics, neoliberalism and capitalism and proposes to start thinking about a post-pandemic world.
7. “The mathematics of the pandemic”
Mathematics plays a prominent role in understanding pandemics and how to combat them. They help us prevent, predict and control them, say Manuel de León and Antonio Gómez Corral, authors of “The mathematics of the pandemic.”
This covid-19 pandemic made us talk about technical terms linked to mathematical concepts, such as, for example, the SIR model, which emerged from the fight against malaria, which predicts the evolution of infections using differential equations.
8. “Learn and teach in times of confinement”
The transition from a face-to-face educational system to a distance education model has probably been the greatest impact that education has suffered in many other countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That is why the objective of the book “Learning and teaching in times of confinement”, which brings together several authors headed by Fernando Trujillo Suárez, is to make useful proposals for education in terms of infrastructure, teaching methodologies, learning and evaluation.
9. “In times of contagion”
And finally, we share with you the reflection “In Times of Contagion”, by the Italian writer Paolo Giordano, in which a new virus breaks out in a distant country and the Earth has become small.
In a description of daily life affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the author invites us to reflect on the collective responsibility to preserve the health of all.
“In times of contagion, we are a single organism, a community,” he says.
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