7 Medical MisconceptionsUrban legends and medical myths are pervasive in the U.S. and around the world, but some people still believe they are true. Here are some of the most pervasive.
Electric fans cause death
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There is an urban legend in South Korea that leaving an electric fan on at night could lead to death by hypothermia, high levels of carbon dioxide and suffocation. None of these outcomes are backed by medical science, but The Atlantic suggests that there might be a placebo effect occuring in South Korea, where believing that a fan is harmful actually causes your body to react to it.