Epidemics and Pandemics Can Exacerbate Xenophobia, Bigotry

When viruses, parasites and other pathogens spread, humans and other animals tend to hunker down with immediate family and peer groups to avoid outsiders as much as possible. But could these instincts, developed to protect us from illnesses, generalize into avoidance of healthy individuals who simply look, speak or live differently? Jessica Stephenson, an assistant […]