Alexander C. Wu, ScD, MPH, is currently an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assigned to the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board in Portland, Oregon. He published this study while earning his doctorate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
In March 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 people onboard. An investigation found that the copilot deliberately steered the plane into the mountainside. It also revealed that he had a history of depression. Among workers, untreated depression can affect the ability to perform tasks and—as the Germanwings incident shows—in rare instances, can result in devastating consequences.