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Q: Cold weather and consequences

 

Is there any efficiant way to explain why you should not open windows when temperature outside is lower then 20 degrees? It is like Mario level 5 all over again. I fail each time I try, it is 15 degrees now and people at work always open windows so I constantly catch cold. Finally when I blame opened windows they just say "You are weak, windows have nothing to do with it. It is healthy to let fresh air in", really?! Have not you noticed me wearing a coat, scarf and three layers of cloth on the working spot? I can support that theory if the air temperature is higher then 20 degrees! It is my second cold this month and I can not even get a real medicine for sore throat without doctors' prescribtion(I've been to several pharmacies and each of them refused to sell pills, I was not asking for antibiotics or cancer treatment, just common candies for sore throat). I mean I am strong and independent woman but this situation forced me to call mommy to whine. I guess they got used to cold weather and no central heating but for me it means constant running nose and sore throat and piles of dried hay which they call "medicine" or just mint candies from watsons which for some magic reason can cure sore throat. Btw, does anyone know a pharmacy you can get strepsils or similar pills without prescription.

5 years 35 weeks ago in  Culture - Shanghai

 
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HUH? You must be Chinese because I have only heard Chinese complaining about foreigners opening windows and blowing air on people's belly's and making them sick or whatever.  But surely no foreigner was asking for the "fresh air" of Shanghai so.... Actually this story doesn't  make sense and there's no real question.  Are you really using this site to find a pharmacy in Shanghai? I would check a Shanghai expat site or ask your employer for that info.   And from the sounds of it I highly doubt you are a strong and independent woman... 

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Are you talking about 20.c or 20.f?

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Pharmacy not selling pills for throat... In Suzhou, my wife buy cold medicine (ie. it does not cure anything, it just smooth out the symptoms) without problem. You might try with a friend or colleague who speak Mandarin, to explain that you want relief for a sore throat. There is such a thing, powders to dilute in hot water. You can make you own, boil water with lots of ginger, sugar, lemon/orange juice. For the headache, paracetamol will do

 

15 degrees, 20 degrees... We speak of Celsius degrees, Fahrenheit degrees, or Kelvin degrees ? In China, it's Celsius, and 15c it's not freezing cold for many people. In Europe, people might wear a shirt and nothing more, not feel uncomfortable. In China people dress a lot, with tights under their pants and 3 layers of clothe, so 15c feels comfy to them. And yes, the idea that fresh air from outside is good is common here, even if it's -5c outside.

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How many times was I asked today if I am cold. Who knows, all the energy spent on asking this question is enough to heat most of the country if only the windows were kept shut

 

 

READ THIS: 

http://www.mindthesciencegap.org/2012/10/29/does-being-cold-give-you-a-c...

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You should thank your co workers. Cold weather doesnt give people colds. Germs do. People get colds in the winter because everyone stays inside. Think about how many colds you would of had this month without your thoughtful co workers. Stop being ungrateful.

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Psst...iwolf tip: you catch a cold from a virus.

Wash your hands with soap regularly. The best prevention.

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people can catch colds any time of the year: summer or winter.

They are not caused by the outside temperature, but more by being in poorly ventilated spaces with people who cough and sneeze and don't cover their mouth/nose when they do so.

public transport is one of the main danger zones at times for infection.

Also, anyone i know opens their windows to freshen the air (ha ha if they can), a few times a day.

nor are colds as debilitating as many of my Chinese colleagues seem to think.

for me, 20-25 degrees is approaching hot - every summer in China is a near killer.

sitting working in a cold draught is not healthy, and if you are a strong and independent woman as you say you are, why not just ask your colleagues to close the window?

getting a doctors prescription for something like a cold is TOTALLY unnecessary - overkill, if you will and the misuse of medication.

A cold is a VIRUS so an anti-biotic is useless, and the main method of prevention is hand-washing.

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You are clearly Chinese what is the purpose?

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