As the coronavirus swells to a global pandemic with more than 69,000 cases (and counting) in the U.S. alone, anti-vaxxers seem conspicuously quiet. If any group has experience dealing with outbreaks in the Western world, it’s them. Because ever since the anti-vaccine movement was reignited by a repeatedly debunked 1998 study linking the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism, they’ve put measles back on the map, despite it being declared as eliminated in 2000. And over the course of a series of measles outbreaks, anti-vaxxers have proven to be anything but shy, throwing measles parties in the face of sick kids everywhere from New York to Minneapolis to Disneyland.
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