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Today is World Lung Day

Today is World Lung Day, an opportunity for us all to unite globally and promote better lung health! This year’s focus is respiratory infections. In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has made the world aware of how deadly respiratory viruses can be. COVID-19 has affected more than 25 million people worldwide and has killed 988,576 people as of September 25, 2020.

Bacteria, fungi and other organisms can also infect the lower airways and lungs. Respiratory infections have existed for a very long time and will continue to be a major source of disease and death. They may infect the upper airways (nose, sinuses and throat) and more worryingly, the lower airways and lungs.

COPD, asthma, acute lower respiratory tract infections, tuberculosis and lung cancer are among most common severe lung-related illnesses worldwide.

World Lung Day seeks to raise awareness about lung disease and calls for research to prevent, detect and treat respiratory infections. It aims to increase education on the benefits and safety of vaccines, as well as increase access to effective and affordable vaccines.


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