Posted on 08/24/2021 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

In 2018, not surprisingly, a psychologist found himself reading about the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak and experts’ prediction for a possible next pandemic of some sort.

That psychologist — Steven Taylor, who works at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver — was inspired to take a look at pandemics through his particular field’s lens, rather than a purely physical look at them.

The book he would subsequently write on the topic, The Psychology of Pandemics, came out in October 2019 after a bit of an effort to find a publisher and to no fanfare.

No immediate fanfare, that is.

In the twenty-two months since Taylor’s book came out, it has served, in the Guardian’s words, as a “a Lonely Planet guide” to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taylor discusses the ways in which 2020 and 2021 have borne out the theories he put forth in his book in an interview with the Guardian.

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