Fake News & Distrust in Science: A Deadly Combo

The public’s growing distrust in science, boosted by the spread of “fake news,” threatens to drown out the experts on vital public health tools like vaccines, write Heidi Larson and Peter Piot.

Citing examples of pushback against science that helped fuel health crises including measles outbreaks in the US and Europe and Ebola in West Africa, they underscore the high stakes—and not just for vaccine confidence.

“In 2018, when we face the next major infectious disease outbreak, it will be a test of how well we use—or abuse—the technologies and knowledge we've gained since 1918,” they conclude.

WIRED UK

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