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Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

It's 30+ degrees at the moment and several people at work are sporting neck scarves. When asked why, they reply that they have a sore throat and it helps to relieve it/prevent it from worsening (I'm not sure by what mechanism, but anyway...).
As a scientist, I find this hard to fathom, since wearing an external scarf is not going to influence the internal temperature of the throat significantly enough to prevent viral/microbial replication, or ingfluence the immune system. The only benefit would be either some kind of placebo effect, or it just feels more comfortable to not have the neck exposed.
It seems to be one of these things inscribed in Swiss folklore, without any basis in medicinal or biological fact.
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Old 30.06.2015, 09:52
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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

But they might ( heaven forbid) accidentally get exposed to a draught which will make their sore throat far worse and may even result in a stiff neck too.
You don't need to be a scientist to know that wearing a scarf is the ultimate protection. ( you just need to be Swiss or Belgian )
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Old 30.06.2015, 09:55
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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

Yeah, noticed this myself, but didn't realise it was supposed to be for a sore throat.

I guess the mechanism of action is the same as the one that puts a handkerchief round the jaw to help with toothache.
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Old 30.06.2015, 10:03
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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

Ice water kills the good bacteria in your stomach

Air conditioning set lower than 5 degrees from ambient increases your chance to get sick

Body perspiration and odor is natural and totally acceptable

The air blowing from the A/C vents (drafts) increases the chance of a cold

A nice hot meeting room after lunch increases participation and alertness
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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

best is to a neck scarve with thin alloy wires in it that also protects for chemtrails.
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Old 30.06.2015, 10:18
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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

They're lying - they're just fashion queens and don't want to look even more stupid by admitting it.
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Old 30.06.2015, 10:24
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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

well, you could drench it in cold/hot water...

it's quite strange, how many otherwise reasonable people are totally convinced that you can literally "catch a cold" and dress up to protect against the flu.

magical thinking that was maybe acceptable till the 50s or so. but if your parents tell you that when you are young you totally internalize that for fact. and then tell your kids to continue the cycle...
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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

I can't believe how naive you are, they are obviously hiding hickies

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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

How do you get a neck scarf to cover the breast area?
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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

Have you seen the size of some of them scarves, you could make a bed sheet out of them. Placebo affect should not be discounted, it also has scientific proof that it really does work but will only work by deception so either you or someone else has to lie to you first!!
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It's 30+ degrees at the moment and several people at work are sporting neck scarves. When asked why, they reply that they have a sore throat and it helps to relieve it/prevent it from worsening (I'm not sure by what mechanism, but anyway...).
As a scientist, I find this hard to fathom, since wearing an external scarf is not going to influence the internal temperature of the throat significantly enough to prevent viral/microbial replication, or ingfluence the immune system. The only benefit would be either some kind of placebo effect, or it just feels more comfortable to not have the neck exposed.
It seems to be one of these things inscribed in Swiss folklore, without any basis in medicinal or biological fact.


Where you live, you must have heard people claiming the need, as soon as the temperatures drop slightly in the evening, for "une petite laine" (a little cardigan to prevent a cold, draft, terrorist attack and whatever else!). They do here in "la campagne genevoise", I wonder how long they'll last this week!
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Old 30.06.2015, 12:33
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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

One of my earliest bosses in CH wore these scarves/ cravats to work EVERYDAY. Fridays were casual attire days so he wore sneakers from Hermes. Little did he know how much we laughed behind his back.
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Old 30.06.2015, 12:46
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Where you live, you must have heard people claiming the need, as soon as the temperatures drop slightly in the evening, for "une petite laine" (a little cardigan to prevent a cold, draft, terrorist attack and whatever else!). They do here in "la campagne genevoise", I wonder how long they'll last this week!
Not yet, but I do recall one of primary school teachers (and possibly my grandmother as well) telling us to keep the door shut in case we "get a chill on our kidneys", or something similar.
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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

Ahh, the things that look like kitchen cloth. It's fashion and you have to wear them all the time even during heatwave, indoors and outdoors.

In winter they are exchanged with the "Monster" scarves so people look like they are going into pupation. Even saw people wearing them during concerts in the mosh pit.

Fashion, it must be good if it hurts.
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But they might ( heaven forbid) accidentally get exposed to a draught which will make their sore throat far worse and may even result in a stiff neck too.
and Pneumonia!! PNEUMONIA!!!!

people have died from draught-induced pneumonia!!! OMG!!!
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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

can't say it's scientific but my grandma in costa rica used to tell us to keep the back of our necks covered during the "windy season", and that infants should always have their heads and back of the necks covered.

can't say i have scientific evidence as to why, but most of the remedies and advice she'd given seem to keep us happy and healthy so that's fine with me. though, i will say, the scarves around here can get a bit extreme
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When I first moved to Switzerland, I remember well an evening spent in a restaurant filled with smokers and the air thick with smoke. We were sitting next to a window, and in a desperate attempt for some fresh air, I cracked open the window.

Suddenly, every head in the restaurant turned and looked at us as if we'd broken some huge taboo. The waitress came over and asked us to close it again, as the other diners were concerned about the draught making them sick.

"Yeah," I thought as I looked at the cigarettes overflowing in the ashtrays, "that's what's gonna make you sick."

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My husband swears by the scarf routine. Whatever keeps him happy, it doesn't bother me.

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Paddy is Swiss now. What's your excuse for not knowing the scarf rule, Paddy??
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It's 30+ degrees at the moment and several people at work are sporting neck scarves. When asked why, they reply that they have a sore throat and it helps to relieve it/prevent it from worsening (I'm not sure by what mechanism, but anyway...).
As a scientist, I find this hard to fathom, since wearing an external scarf is not going to influence the internal temperature of the throat significantly enough to prevent viral/microbial replication, or ingfluence the immune system. The only benefit would be either some kind of placebo effect, or it just feels more comfortable to not have the neck exposed.
It seems to be one of these things inscribed in Swiss folklore, without any basis in medicinal or biological fact.
I'm one of them
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