Rather than accepting that a virus will come, we can learn how viruses live and thrive—and work to suppress them before they take off.
Warwick Anderson, MD, PhD, is Janet Dora Hine Professor of Politics, Governance, and Ethics in the department of history and the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, and an honorary professor in the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. He has written extensively on the histories of disease ecology and social medicine, and recently on COVID-19. With Gabriela Soto Laveaga, he edited a forum on decolonizing histories of science for History and Theory (vol. 59, no. 3, 2020). His most recent book, with Ian R. Mackay, is Intolerant Bodies: A Short History of Autoimmunity (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).