A company out of Los Angeles is selling used tissues to for people who want to get themselves sick, “choosing” when they get their illness.
Vaevtissue.com reports the following on their website:
We believe that when flu season comes around, you should be able to get sick on your terms. We’re not about chemicals or prescription drugs here at Væv. We believe using a tissue that carries a human sneeze is safer than needles or pills. This isn’t like any tissue you’ve used before, but we love using them, and you will too.
How much for this treasure??? $79.99
The logic behind the trend is people want to build up a natural immunity to diseases and not wait for the cold or flu but plan ahead of time when they can allow for sick leave and rest.
The problem? You don’t know what you’re getting. Used tissue could have a variety of contaminants that transmit in bodily fluids including Staph. bacteria, TB and Ebola.
Vaccines are the safest way to introduce a killed or attenuated version of an infectious agent.
Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.