Texas A&M releases free pandemic preparedness ebook

Texas A&M University on Thursday published a free ebook to help educate people on pandemic prevention and preparedness.

The book, Preparing for Pandemics in the Modern World, was already in development before the outbreak of the current pandemic, according to the university, but holds special relevance now as the globe combats the novel coronavirus.

“The information contained in this book is time-sensitive, urgently needed, and will make a positive contribution toward navigating the current pandemic,” Jay Dew, director of Texas A&M University Press, said in a press release. “To that end, we are pleased to make the book available to all by releasing it immediately as a free pre-publication edition.”

The book serves as an important resource for the general public, policy makers and those in charge of emergency response and preparedness at the city, county, state and national levels, the book’s authors said.

“In this regard, the book is meant for everyone—to highlight and better understand the roles we all play in pandemic prevention and preparedness,” they said.

Chapters include business planning for pandemics, the impacts of supply chain disruption, and lessons learned from the 1918 influenza pandemic and why they still matter today.

The book is slated for publication in print this fall.