Public Opposition to Public Health Recommendations Is Not New

“Wisecrack” is an educational channel on YouTube that looks at current, popular culture issues through a lens of history, philosophy and science, with a little humor thrown in. In the episode below, they analyze the causes of anti-mask behavior and put that behavior in historical context to two other instances of public health emergencies: the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918-19 and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Both of those emergencies required public education and enforcement of public health laws. Guess which one — education or enforcement — seems to work better?

Author: René F. Najera, DrPH

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