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Still recovering from the lung infection/flu that hit me on my flight back home from China. I’m curious why nearly every time I go to China I come home with bronchitis and/or the flu. Is it just me?

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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 8 Comments

The CCP is trying to poison all laowais.

June 1, 2012 @ 9:14 am | Comment

Just check your friendly neighborhood U.S. Embassy/Consulate air quality index…

June 1, 2012 @ 10:20 am | Comment

Actually it’s the hours you spend on a plane:

But a Canadian study published in the Journal of Environmental Health Research in 2004 reviewed passenger health histories after a five-hour flight between San Francisco and Denver and found passengers were 113 times more likely to have caught a cold during the flight than during normal daily life.

Back when I worked strategy consulting, the joke amongst the managing partners was that our yearly flu shots were to avoid OSHA violations. (For those who don’t know, strategy consulting typically involves a Monday-Thursday travel schedule).

June 1, 2012 @ 10:44 am | Comment

Sorry, here’s the link:

http://www.caring.com/articles/flu-free-flying

June 1, 2012 @ 10:45 am | Comment

Speaking of which, I remember Cookie suggested slim drink a “hipster beer” from the other thread. Dude, don’t rag on hipster beers man. My favorite beer happens to be the Three Floyds Alpha King. Better quality and taste than most mass-produced stuff out there.

Speaking of alcohol… fond memories of Johnnie Walker Black, Hong Kong kids cooped up in the Chicago winter, learning canto from drinking games and mahjongg, seeing a brand-name obsessed, slightly insecure froshie (who can barely speak English) without makeup for the first time. Nostalgia.

What drinks make you feel underage again?

June 1, 2012 @ 11:12 am | Comment

T_co, unfortunately the cough started before I got on the plane. It was mild at first, then got progressively worse during the flight. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but I’ve caught bugs on nearly every trip.

June 1, 2012 @ 11:16 pm | Comment

Haha I’m somewhat turned off from drinking out of a container that has a picture of a angry green man grabbing his manboobs on it

June 2, 2012 @ 3:37 am | Comment

@CM

Heh gotta get it draft. Me and my buddies make the trek out to the Three Floyds brewery at least once a month. They have a brewpub there, serves great burgers, scotch eggs, and all their beers on tap. Plus you can get a tour of the brewery, nice and beautiful.

June 2, 2012 @ 7:34 am | Comment

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