Maybe this is common knowledge in the US, but I never heard this idea until I came to Bolivia: That respiratory problems including sore throats and coughing are aggravated if not caused by ceiling fans. I had a nasty sore throat two weeks ago, and a housemate who is a nurse told me not to sleep with the ceiling fan on. It would make my sore throat worse, she said. I balked at first because I knew I get uncomfortably hot oftentimes without the ceiling fan, but I decided to give it ago. I honestly didn't notice any difference in my throat between sleeping with the fan on and the fan off.
Then today, at the daycare, half a dozen kids had fevers, and several of them were also coughing. The room was so hot and stuffy during naptime that I asked if we could please turn on the fans. The room leader said no, we better leave the fans off so the kids wouldn't cough as much. I thought the fans might help a bit with the fevers, but I didn't push it.
Have any of you experimented with ceiling fans when sick?
Q: How many poets does it take to change a light bulb? A: 1001...one to change the bulb, 1000 to say it's already been done.