Scarlett Johansson for the Huffington Post [x]
More of her brilliant articles can be found here.
Your immune system is great! But it simply cannot defend you against something it has never seen before. Antibodies can take weeks to be developed by the body for a new virus once it enters the system. In this time though said virus can:
Permanently disable you
Cause you immense suffering
Pass on to other people
Mutate, rendering treatment and vaccines already in existence useless.
Vaccines introduce a form of the virus into your system that will not make you sick. It let’s your body look at what it needs to fight so it can fight it.
You can drink carrot juice and take vitamin C tablets and Cold FX until the cows come home. It still won’t protect you from polio or smallpox. It will not boost antibody production for diseases your body doesn’t know it needs to protect you from. The only thing that can do this job is vaccines. There are no alternatives that help this part of your system.
This is Magic-School Bus level stuff guys come on.
i dont wanna lecture you all about respecting other people but just real quick
i know trigger warnings can sometimes seem overzealous and ridiculous to people who are not triggered by stuff but please realize when you make fun of trigger warnings you’re making fun of someone who experienced some sort of traumatic event and just wants to feel safe
there are lots of funnier things that dont involve you kicking someone while theyre down
one time i saw a burger king marquee that said “chickend stris”
that was way funnier than any trigger warning joke that has ever been made