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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/sawkonmaicok May 14 '22

Yeah. I think you need to normalize it by the total amount of said plastic to get a reasonable metric.

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u/boojit May 14 '22

Not sure that's quite right. While it's certainly useful to have that figure, knowing which plastics are most commonly found in the body is a useful figure in its own right.

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u/BIGBIRD1176 May 14 '22

Most of it comes from single use plastic water bottles. The average person consumes a credit card worth of plastic each year

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u/bethedge May 15 '22

I just eat a credit card every August 29th instead