Cup causes Beijing fans 'facial paralysis'
Updated: 2006-06-22 11:37 Owing to time difference, the World Cup being held
in Germany has not paralyzed Beijing's fragile transportation system, but the
faces of overly excited soccer fans in the city.
A man cycles past a
billboard of England soccer player Wayne Rooney in Beijing June 8, 2006 .
Though China failed to even make through the World Cup qualifying round,
the World Cup football fever has started in the
One of Beijing's media quoted hospital statistics on the 19th that since the
World Cup started on June 9th, patients with "facial paralysis" increased over
20% in hospitals compared to normal periods.
As the games see heightening tension, the number of such patients will also
see an uptrend.
"Facial paralysis" is called "prosopoplegia" in medical terms. The patient
usually feels nothing wrong the evening before, but when waking up early the
next morning, he would find the corners of the mouth askew, one of his eyes
unable to close and one side of the face paralyzed.
A hospital chief in Beijing said since the World Cup began, soccer fans have
been kept in a nervous, excited and tired state for a long time almost every
day, and their emotion fluctuates violently with the offense and defense of the
games, which leads to weaker nervous function and facial immunity and sharply
increase the possibility of facial paralysis.
Moreover, drinking without restraint also leads to weaker facial immunity and
drunken soccer fans are subject to facial paralysis if they get injured.
Another factor that should not be overlooked is watching soccer games in an
air-conditioned environment for a long time, especially in a crowded room
without good ventilation.
Owing to the obvious difference in temperature indoors and outdoors and lack
of fresh air, soccer fans catch a cold easily, and cold is a main inducement of