The United States had seen a number of Measles cases in the first month of 2015 than the typical total cases in a year. The future looks grim. Disneyland has only facilitated this outbreak but the root cause for this is elsewhere, traced to a fake study published 16 years ago in a reputed journal.
There was a scientist named Dr. Andrew Wakefield who published in the medical journal The Lancet that he had discovered a link between autism and vaccines. That was the beginning of a controversy that took ugly turns over the time. Squeezing this opportunity, conspiracy theorists stepped in with their ‘See… we have been telling it all the time‘ attitude and made gullible people believe that all vaccines are designed to cause damage in the long run.
Many people mistrusted vaccines, avoided for their kids and the pharma companies were facing lawsuits. Millions of dollars had been spent on investigating this study. What they found will shock you forever.
The investigation found that it was a fake study.
After all that money was wasted in investigations, it was revealed that Dr. Andrew Wakefield fabricated everything. The consequences are no less devastating. The below infographic shows how badly people’s lives across America and rest of the world were affected by this fake study. Below is the snapshot of the reported measles cases in 2015 alone.
The majority of children who contracted this disease were those who were not vaccinated. This virus is very contagious and spreads through droplets when one sneezes or coughs. And this disease kills 1 in every 1000 infected. Such a sad situation.
Measles kills one in every 1000 infected.So why educated and well-informed people did this to their kids? Are they inherently bad? No. The main culprit is the way we human beings choose what to believe and what not to believe.
On the one hand, we trusted a fake study published in a journal and on the other hand, we distrusted years of research and effort in vaccine development. That scientist’s theory somehow resonated with our distrust of our governing apparatus and we followed suit. One important takeaway from this is – we must be careful on what we choose to believe.