No, you didn’t misread that headline. Teenagers all over the United States of America are now engaging in a new viral challenge called the #TheCondomChallenge.
The challenge shows teenagers placing a condom inside one of their nostrils and inhaling it until the condom comes out of their mouth. Sounds nasty right? It’s even nastier to watch.
While the challenge is obviously risky and unhealthy, the fact that it generates likes and engagement online has caused it to be popular among the young folk. While an infection is an obvious consequence of the moronic trend, more serious implications like lodged appendix and collapsed lungs are also possible consequences of breathing in a condom.
When asked about the latest trend, here’s what Bruce Y. Lee, a Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, had to say:
‘When is using a condom a bad idea? When you are trying to snort it up your nose and pull it out through your mouth. If you ask, ‘why would anyone ever do that’, then you obviously haven’t heard of the ‘Condom Snorting Challenge’.
The condom could easily get stuck in your nose or your throat, blocking your breathing or causing you to choke.Even if you manage to successfully pull the condom out through your mouth, inhaling a condom up your nose would be very uncomfortable and potentially quite painful. Would it really be worth all that just to get more likes and views?’
Parents and caregivers are being advised strongly to warn their teenagers about the dangers of being a part of the challenge.