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The basic function of our lungs is fairly simple: take in oxygen from the air and release it into the bloodstream. During a normal day, the average person breathes nearly 25,000 times, but for those suffering with lung disease, drawing those breaths can be difficult. Unfortunately, lung conditions are a common problem, so much so that the World Health Organization estimates seven percent of all deaths worldwide are due to chronic respiratory issues. That's why raising awareness of the prevalence of pulmonology helps people understand how to prevent these diseases and live healthier lives.
World Lung Day
The idea behind World Lung Day (WLD) first came into fruition at the Kyoto Assembly meeting of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) in 2016. From those beginnings, WLD emerged as a worldwide collaborative effort to increase awareness of different types of lung disease, promote education on preventing chronic conditions as well as improve lung health initiatives for COPD, Asthma, Sleep Apnea and more!
On the first World Lung Day, September 25, 2017, FIRS merely called for public support, but today, it represents a global advocacy campaign aimed to inspire the world's policy makers, healthcare providers, civil societies and even patients to become proactively invested in improving respiratory health.
In late 2019, a new respiratory illness emerged in Wuhan, China and has subsequently spread around the globe. This novel human coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, has become the fifth documented pandemic since the Spanish influenza of 1918 and it remains a highly contagious virus that spreads rapidly.
As of September 5, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report 220,360,991 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with 4,562,885 deaths globally. Because the effects vary from individual to individual, it can be difficult to pin down, but here are the main signs and symptoms, broken down by severity:
Most Frequent Symptoms
Less Frequent Symptoms
If you experience serious symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Keep in mind that it may take five to fourteen days after exposure for the first symptoms to manifest.
Prevention Of COVID-19
COVID-19 spreads most easily between people in close contact with each other. To slow transmission and prevent infection, the CDC recommends the following:
The Hazards Of Vaping
Vaping or using e-cigarettes may sound and look cool, but it is not good for your lungs. When you vape, you're heating a substance and internalizing the resulting fumes, which results in foreign toxins throughout the lungs. While many of the chemicals in vaping liquids are safe when taken orally or as an ingredient in skin products, they can be dangerous (even fatal) when inhaled repetitively.
There are several specific lung diseases directly associated with vaping:
Quitting Is The Only Option
Just like quitting cigarettes is hard, so is breaking the vaping habit. But you can do it by taking one step at a time.
If your first attempt at quitting isn't successful, don't despair. Here are some resources and support groups you can look into.
Your World Lung Day Contribution
What will you do on September 25, 2021, to help increase awareness of the importance of a healthy set of lungs? Here are a few ideas:
If you're active on social media, you can help raise awareness by sharing stories and using the hashtag #WorldLungDay on your posts. Check out the FIRS World Lung Day toolkit for ideas, graphics, logos and even a Facebook profile image that you can use to spread the word. Get involved; that's the key to everyone breathing better.
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