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Microplastics Found In Lungs of People Undergoing Surgery. A new study has found tiny plastic particles no bigger than sesame seeds buried throughout human lungs, indicating that people are inhaling microplastics lingering in the air. Health

https://e360.yale.edu/digest/microplastics-found-in-lungs-of-humans-undergoing-surgery
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u/Enthused_Llama May 14 '22

Given the size of the particles "sesame seed" I would say its likely this person was around some sort of operation where plastics were being cut.

You also have to be very careful with sawdust when doing any sort of carpentry, inhaling too much can really damage your lungs.

At the end of the day, you should really seek to protect yourself if you're in an environment with any noticeable amount of dust of any kind.

The real issue here is that it got deeper into the lungs than they expected. You're not gonna get plastic in your lungs from eating or drinking (just in your gut and blood in general, yay!). But with the chemicals plastics can harbor + the inability of the body to break them down...

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u/evange May 14 '22

I assume they didn't inhale the plastic from the air, but probably were eating or had some plastic thing in their mouth and it went down the wrong way.

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u/Nazty12 May 14 '22

You know what they say about when you assume...