When Fear Becomes an Unintended Public Health Problem

Dr. Tom Frieden (left), director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies about Zika virus with Dr. Anthony Fauci (center), director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Global Health, on Capitol Hill on Feb. 10. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images via NPR

Here is an analysis that I did for NPR about public health communications lessons from the 2014 Ebola outbreak, and what public health officials need to do differently with Zika or any new outbreaks.

The way the public perceives scientific information has changed, and public health officials need to adapt to those changes.

https://medium.com/@sfdoug/public-health-communications-lessons-from-ebola-cf857e0c543e#.b4vpsf5cw

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