Fake news and distrust of science could lead to global epidemics

The year 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. There was no digital communication then to disrupt - or aid - the outbreak response, but there were also far fewer health technologies available, while rapid spread of the virus by plane travel was very limited. 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.

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