Zombies and Public Health!

Public health is everywhere – even in zombie movies! Justin Berk explains in today’s YDN:

If you’ve ever seen a zombie movie, you’ve seen an introductory guide to public health. The flesh-eating undead are an epidemiologist’s worst nightmare, but they can teach us a lot about public health crises and begin a philosophical discourse on the trade-offs between individual liberties and public safety.
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Other important life lessons abound in zombie films: Always keep your doors locked; it’s a good idea to have some canned food around; in general, avoid malls; don’t bro out too long with your buddy who just got that zombie bite.

Is Yale prepared for a zombie attack? Probably not. But public health experts constantly fight to prevent such epidemics and, when they occur, work diligently to recognize, isolate and cure any infectious disease.

And of course, if you need your dose of zombie movies, you can check come watch 28 Days Later Tonight on Old Campus at 8 pm with the Yale Public Health Coalition!

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