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A startup says used tissues are safer than vaccinations. Should you trust it? | Gene Marks | Business

T here has been a lot of attention recently on anti-waxers, the people who – for religious or other reasons – do not get vaccinations for certain diseases or the flu. Opponents believe this practice places themselves and their children in potential harm, but also put the general public at risk. But now a startup claims that it has an unusual solution to this problem: used tissues. Yes, you read that right. Vaev Tissue, a small company which might possibly be based in Los Angeles (or again, maybe it's Copenhagen?) And may or may not have eight employees (the details are unclear), claims that it is selling tissues that, they say, have already been infected by its team of professional sneezers. The company believes that using just one single tissue – which is reasonably priced at $ 79.99 – that already carries a human sneeze is actually more than necessary for any of the other science stuff. It's a "freedom" and a "luxury" to choose ”, Oliver Niessen, the company's 34-year-old elusive founder who“ reluctantly ”revealed his name to Time, said.” The simple idea is you choose now to get sick, with the idea in mind that you won't get sick with that same cold… later. ” Here's how it works: you wipe your nose with a tissue. The infected materials on the tissue then infect you. You get a cold – hopefully not too serious. You drink plenty of fluids and rest. The cold goes away. You then go…

T here has been a lot of attention recently on anti-waxers, the people who – for religious or other reasons – do not get vaccinations for certain diseases or the flu. Opponents believe this practice places themselves and their children in potential harm, but also put the general public at risk.

But now a startup claims that it has an unusual solution to this problem: used tissues.

Yes, you read that right. Vaev Tissue, a small company which might possibly be based in Los Angeles (or again, maybe it’s Copenhagen?) And may or may not have eight employees (the details are unclear), claims that it is selling tissues that, they say, have already been infected by its team of professional sneezers. The company believes that using just one single tissue – which is reasonably priced at $ 79.99 – that already carries a human sneeze is actually more than necessary for any of the other science stuff.

It’s a “freedom” and a “luxury” to choose ”, Oliver Niessen, the company’s 34-year-old elusive founder who“ reluctantly ”revealed his name to Time, said.” The simple idea is you choose now to get sick, with the idea in mind that you won’t get sick with that same cold… later. ”

Here’s how it works: you wipe your nose with a tissue. The infected materials on the tissue then infect you. You get a cold – hopefully not too serious. You drink plenty of fluids and rest. The cold goes away. You then go on vacation or business trip free from worrying that you won’t get that cold again. Simple!

Niessen claims that the company has already sold a thousand tissues and says that his customers are mostly young parents and people in their 20s who are skeptical of vaccines and “seeking alternatives”. And this time I thought the millennial generation was smarter than my generation. There goes that theory.

So does this work? According to the time report: no.

“There are more than 200 types of rhinoviruses, so you’re going to have about 200 tissues up your nose to get a different one,” Charles Gerbea, a professor or microbiology and environmental sciences at the University of Arizona, said. How do you make a vaccine against 200 different viruses? “

So why is Vaev still in business? Well, if one thing has been learned from entrepreneurism it is this: there’s always a market for crazy products, even if it’s niche and if a company is about as sketchy as they come.

I say sketchy because I have serious doubts that business is really a business. And if you want to drop $ 80 on a used tissue, you can’t. They’re “sold out”, according to the company’s website. Niessen says the problem is due to supply chain issues. But don’t worry – according to Time, the company is in the middle of restocking the product as soon as it’s stable of sneezes can make them. So there should be plenty of used tissues for sale soon! Or not.

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