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I live in Romania and since I was a kid, I heard people talking about something we call, here in Romania, current—basically, the air flow which is being formed if at least two exterior windows are opened (or a window and a door, or two doors etc). I'm not sure how this term is being translated in other languages... I tried searching it in English, but I didn't find any information.

They say that, for instance, two windows in a room (both of them communicating with the outside world) are opened, the wind or air flow which is formed is terrible for your health—such as: you will get cold, you will get headaches, ear aches etc. Another case is when you travel by car and at least two windows are opened. And so on.

Like I mentioned, Romanians see this as a health risk. Some friends living in other countries (e.g. United States) and some people on internet forums say this is the concept which exists only in Romania.

How true is this affirmation? Perhaps, it's not only in Romania, however, how popular is this?


Apart that some friends who traveled in other countries said it, some people and posts on the internet claimed it too:

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    skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/30262/… found it. Unfortunately, it's been marked as a duplicate of a question that it's not actually a duplicate of. – Ben Barden May 17 '18 at 17:24
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    Never heard of this in the US. When it's hot I'll often open two windows specifically for the draft. – Kevin May 17 '18 at 17:53
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    The same belief exists in France, at a minimum. I seem to recall an article in a major newspaper linking heat weave deaths to French people's reluctance to open windows, but I can't seem to find it. – ESultanik May 17 '18 at 19:44
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    The question "Do drafts cause [particular medical problem]?" is on-topic, if you have a notable claim. If there is a problem with a duplicate, let's fix it. The question "Who else believes this nonsense?" isn't really on-topic here. – Oddthinking May 18 '18 at 3:01
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    I pity the children of mixed Romanian/Korean heritage who cannot open two windows or turn on a fan: nytimes.com/2016/05/24/world/what-in-the-world/… – Adam May 18 '18 at 5:10
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It is not true that this is confined to Romania. Some other cultures which also perceive draughts as unhealthy and the cause of colds:

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  • This is also true for rural south of Brazil. – T. Sar May 17 '18 at 16:45
  • @T.Sar Thank you for sharing this information. I started a list in the answer – daniel May 17 '18 at 16:51
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    I believe OP was questioning whether there were crazy cultures who DON'T see that as a risk. Would be interesting to see a do vs don't breakdown. – PoloHoleSet May 17 '18 at 20:08
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    Welcome to Skeptics! Please provide some references to support your claims. – Oddthinking May 18 '18 at 3:02

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