The infamous Marvel Winter Soldier once said “it always ends in a fight.” This statement holds true because threats constantly put us at risk. Our lung health is at risk. In the past it was the Black Death AKA the bubonic plague and lack of indoor plumbing (think bathrooms and sinks). Today it’s the yearly flu, along with the coronavirus disease (which especially effects those with bad lung health). Over 100,000 people in the United States died from the coronavirus in a 6-month period; this is a threat we must fight through knowledge and preparation.
We’ve been lulled into important trends, such as using more sunscreen and submitting to the almighty avocado toast. Even Cheerios has some support from the American Heart Association. Worthy issues no doubt, however, the list has expanded. With this new epidemic, the pendulum finally swings back to the body part we least focus on…. our lungs!
Yes, lungs take in oxygen; that’s usually all we need to know outside of the medical profession. They also help to release carbon dioxide from the bloodstream, and provide the airflow that affects our vocal sounds (useful for Adele and Taylor Swift).
For the sake of our lung health, it’s crucial to adopt healthy habits now, in order to keep our lungs at peak performance in any mask-centric crisis.