Karl Heinz Roth: Blinde Passagiere. Die Corona-Krise und ihre Folgen (Stowaways. The Corona Crisis and its Consequences), Munich: Kunstmann-Verlag 2022.
An analysis of the Corona crisis that illuminates all facets – from the medical problems to the change in mentalities to the political and economic consequences. A book that brushes false certainties against the grain.
In this excellently researched and elegantly written book, Karl Heinz Roth shows how deeply the global pandemic is affecting our societies and people’s everyday lives – a fundamental work for critically coming to terms with this crisis, and for avoiding future ones.
For the past two years, the pandemic triggered by the SARS-CoV-2 virus has dominated the world. It has hit all continents and regions, spreading in several waves and creating ever new epicenters. It has permeated people’s daily lives, changed social relationships, dominated the media, challenged the political establishment and put numerous scientific disciplines to the test.
Karl Heinz Roth, a medical doctor and historian, presents the event from a global perspective, recounts the prehistory dating back to the 2000s, analyzes the spread and dynamics of Covid-19, and discusses the pandemic’s characteristics and impact on humans. It addresses the countermeasures, the failures revealed in the process, and the mental, political, social, and economic consequences of the lockdowns.
For the first time, this book considers, relates, and contextualizes the individual aspects of a global pandemic across disciplines, allowing for discussion and resolution of contentious issues-such as the virus as a laboratory refugee, the role of major international foundations, and the effects and collateral damage.
In bookstores January 24, 2022.