The Premonition by Michael Lewis

How do you describe 2020? It was a crazy year for everyone. My family and I had just moved to a new city for my new job. The next thing I know, I am working from home and my wife is homeschooling our two girls and we were running low on toilet paper.

Why was COVID different? I feel like my entire life has been defined by near disasters. Ebola. H1N1. Swine Flu. Zika. Bird Flu. Seasonal Flu. It felt like every year there was a new virus or disease that threatened our way of life. I remember hearing about this new coronavirus, and I kind of brushed it off. The news had cried “wolf” so many times, I stopped listening.

COVID was different. It’s one thing when some random guy like me brushes off medical preparedness, it’s different when people running the show ignore it.

Michael Lewis is a captivating writer. I agree with the reviewer quoted on the back page, “I would read an 800-page history of the stapler if he wrote it.”

There are a lot of characters in The Premonition, and I honestly felt lost a few times.

It is encouraging to read about passionate individuals who are dedicated to doing the right thing, no matter the costs. It is also frightening how dysfunctional and fragile our medical system is. This pandemic has shown us the flaws.

I want to believe if the United States had better leadership during the early days of the pandemic, things would not have been so bad, but I cannot make that assumption in good faith.

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