How to Cause a Measles Epidemic

Much is being written about the current measles outbreak in the U.S.–from both sides. Paul Marantz MD, MPH, an epidemiologist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine says there are five easy steps to cause a measles epidemic:

  1. "Raise a generation ignorant about science
  2. Allow [irrational] belief to rule the day 
  3. Let distrust of government override good judgment
  4. Put our faith in quacks who share our worldviews
  5. Value personal liberty at the expense of public health"

PositiveTip: Powerful trends in society may be dangerous to our health.