Op-Ed: BBC Doctor slams chickenpox lolly parents

Posted Nov 12, 2011 by Alexander Baron
Only in America? Let's hope so, but there are no limits to the stupidity of human beings, even parents who are concerned for the health of their children.
This is what chickenpox looks like under an electron microscope.
This is what chickenpox looks like under an electron microscope.
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Daniel Zhu's analysis of this new - and hopefully extremely transient - phenomemon, can be found here. Chickenpox is a fairly innocuous childhood disease, but for adults it can be extremely serious. As someone who contracted it at the age of 34, I know what I'm talking about, I was ill for weeks, itching like mad, and thought I was going to die.
Obviously, no caring parent wants to see his or her child contract or even die from a serious disease in adulthood when this could have been averted by a mild infection twenty or more years earlier, but the stupidity of people who will send infected lollipops through the post for children to lick is off the scale.
American health experts have obviously warned against this practice - which among other things is clearly illegal - and just in case anyone in Britain has similar ideas, loud warnings have been sounded against it here. One of the loudest came on the BBC Breakfast news programme earlier this week from its resident healthcare expert, practicing GP Dr Rosemary Leonard. Here she is giving advice on chickenpox from another perspective. Regarding the chickenpox lollies though, she said the disease cannot be contracted from licking infected lollies, though there would be every chance of a child catching some other, and possibly even more unpleasant disease.
As well as hoping this phenomenon dies a natural death quickly, let us hope the likes of Alex Jones and even worse Davide Icke don't latch onto it.