That’s What You Get: Selfies Lead to Head Lice Epidemic

selfieWho can raise their hand and tell me how head lice spread? Anybody? Don’t be shy? Ok fine, I’ll tell you. Head lice spread when something that touches the head of a carrier touches something else that touches the head of a new host. Or at least that’s how it has worked for thousands of years. Until lately when something else became stupidly popular, selfies.

Selfies are dangerous. California lice expert Marcy McQuillan recently went on the record to tell the world what it doesn’t want to hear. “I’ve seen a huge increase of lice in teens this year,” she told the SFist. Typically it’s younger children I treat, because they’re at higher risk for head-to-head contact. But now, teens are sticking their heads together every day to take cell phone pics.”

You read that too, selfies are dangerous. Even if you aren’t catching iLice (you see what I did there) when you are taking your own lonely selfies, you still look like a fruitcake. Luckily the duck face has mostly been ridiculed out of existence because my hands were getting sore from punching people every time I saw them pull one. Okay, so that might be a stretch. But you know you want to punch them too.