There are two issues that I encounter often. They seem to be based on urban myths or a lack of understanding of science. They’re in the same category as a fear of flying but one, in particular, affects me personally.
The first is air conditioning and its affects on health. To me it uses a mechanism similar to that in a refrigerator, the cooling system is enclosed and the air that comes out is just cooler and drier. Apparently some websites claim it is bad for your health, I can only imagine drier and cooler air may make a cough worse. Maybe the outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in the past have helped spread this myth?
The second is microwaving food. To me this is something similar to radio or cell phone waves that vibrate water molecules in your food, in an enclosed and safe environment, and the heat from the vibrations causes the temperature of the food to rise. Once the food is out of the machine the heating will slow and stop and any microwaves dissipate and not cause illness. I am not a trained scientist.
When I’m living and working in a hot, humid environment I get very uncomfortable if the a/c isn’t on. It makes me feel physically ill and reduces my ability to work. If someone’s cold they can put another layer on but if you’re too hot you can’t turn up to work naked! My colleagues could sue for PTSD. I have a water mister in the fridge and wet towels in the freezer to apply if needs be, but how can I bust this misinformation about microwaves and a/c?