How to change public opinion: Applying Ebola lessons to coronavirus

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Anti-mask protesters stand outside City Hall while Mayor Eric Genrich announced his plan to implement an indoor face mask requirement throughout Green Bay during a press conference on July 20, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. Photo by Sarah Kloepping/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin via Imagn Content Services, LLC.

Various countries are starting to reopen. In Taiwan, baseball stadiums are filling up with fans. In Spain, nonessential workers are heading back to the office. In Wuhan, China, students are already back in classrooms.

But in the U.S., people still can’t get on the same page about wearing masks. The success or failure of a country's response to an epidemic has a lot to do with residents trusting public officials and health experts.

That was something public health officials learned during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa six years ago. What they learned could be applied to COVID-19 now. 

Credits

Guest:
Charlie Warzel - opinion writer at large for the New York Times - @cwarzel

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Angie Perrin, Nihar Patel