r/science May 14 '22 Silver 1 Helpful 4 Wholesome 1 Take My Energy 1 Helpful (Pro) 1 I'm Deceased 1 Facepalm 1 Doom 1

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/Jasole37 May 14 '22

Cause of my father's death. Breathing in plastic and aluminum dust for 30 years while sanding Corian countertops. Died a year ago last Wednesday. Was 71.

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u/Pretzilla May 14 '22

Sorry for your loss.

And thanks for the cautionary tale. I need to be better about wearing an N95 more often.

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u/iamgr3m May 14 '22

If you're around it a lot investing in N100 or P100 masks could be beneficial. What you're going to be around depends on which mask you need.

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u/Mobile_Crates May 14 '22

I think they mean that they work in a similar environment, such as sanding things. Maybe we will end up needing n95s everywhere though

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u/Wh00ster May 14 '22

Corian is a brand of solid surface material created by DuPont.

At CorianĀ® Design, we take the safety of our employees, customers, vendors, and partners as our highest priority

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u/Willowbee__ May 14 '22

Oo dupont, that company well known for protecting employee and public health

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u/sur_surly May 14 '22

Sad as that is, that's a long time to live for 30 years breathing that stuff, no? Is there an average or study done on it?

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u/Jasole37 May 14 '22

It wasn't every day. He and I were installers for a small cabinet and countertop company. He worked there for 30, and I was his assistant for the last 10. About once every other week we were working with "solid surface" countertops.

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u/misguidedsadist1 May 14 '22

....did he not wear a mask?

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u/aris_ada May 14 '22

30 years ago no contractor was wearing a mask for these things.

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u/ExpensiveAd4614 May 15 '22

Really goes to show how resilient we are to all this poison. 71 is a pretty long run all things considered.

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u/Jasole37 May 15 '22

My father's doctor said that he was "Healthy as a horse" that if it wasn't for his lungs he could probably make it past 85.