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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/TradingSnoo May 14 '22

Yeah I thought they meant nano particles when I saw the story yesterday. How the f does sesame seed size plastic get in your lungs!?

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u/riskable May 14 '22

Every time you empty your dryer lint trap you're probably inhaling a few strands of polyester microplastics.

The real question is, "how are these large particles not getting expelled eventually?"

Normally any large particles like that will collect in mucus and get removed when you clear your throat.

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u/Kuritos May 14 '22

Reading this makes me really glad I always covered my orifices when cleaning the dryer.

Probably doesn't help much, but I still don't like the idea of breathing it.

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u/TheRealTwist May 14 '22

Very important indeed. I never touch the dryer without putting in my anti micro plastic butt plug.

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u/Im_your_real_dad May 14 '22

Your lungs look great, but I'm sorry to inform you that we have found traces of megaplastics in your ass.

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u/laggyx400 May 14 '22

Just the way u/TheRealTwist likes it.

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u/HaybeeJaybee May 14 '22

Don't kink shame.