PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MB –
For the past eighteen years, Ingrid Salisbury has consumed four large cloves of garlic a day and has not been ill once during that time.
“It is truly remarkable she has gone that long without being sick,” medical expert Brian Draward said, “We conducted research on her for the past three years to try and validate her claim about the garlic. We can confirm Ms. Salisbury has successfully beat any and all viral infections including all strains of influenza. We believe, beyond a doubt, it is due to her consumption of copious amount of garlic.”
The news was initially greeted by anti-vaxxers as a victory against influenza vaccinations but their celebrations were cut short by the additional medical explanation.
“After studying and smelling Ms. Salisbury we realized the garlic was doing nothing internally or medically to help her against the flu,” Draward explained. “It was the social isolation and the lack of any and all meaningful human contact resulting from her overwhelming odour.”
Experts compared Salisbury’s scent to that of a dead animal being masked by rancid garlic stuck in a teen’s shoe.
“This woman avoided human contact that would result in the spread of the virus by remaining over ten feet away from everyone else,” Draward shared. “During the study our team had to utilize masks and breathing apparatus to deal with Ms. Salisbury.”
The single 42-year-old woman lives alone and is okay with the absence of significant human contact as long as it keeps the flu at bay.
“I’m kind of an introvert anyway,” Salisbury said via cell phone. “I’m the healthiest person I know.”
While effective for keeping viruses away from her, Salisbury laments the lose of romance in her life as in-person dating is no longer possible.
“I’m just dating online now, looking for a special someone who eats as much garlic as I do so,” Salisbury shared.
She has found some potential garlic mates in Slovakia and Poland but since sailing is the only travel option, she has not been able to take her relationships to the next level.
Scientists estimate it would take about eighteen months for the smell to leave Salisbury so she could interact like a typical person with coffee breath.
“I might opt for the vaccine yet but I’ve been by myself for so long I’m not sure I care. As long as my cats still don’t mind I’ll be happy.”
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