World COPD Day is celebrated on the third Wednesday of November in the world. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a life-threatening disease characterized by inflammation of the airways and lungs. Over time, it progresses, which affects the quality of human life. The purpose of the date is to inform the population about the dangers of the disease, to help protect themselves.
The first person to use the term was Dr. William Briscoe. He spoke at an emphysema conference in June 1965. Almost a year later, another doctor, Charles Fletcher, discovered that smoking directly affects the development of the disease. It is the rejection of a bad habit that can save you from a progressive disease.
In the 1990s, people increasingly purchased drugs that were meant to restore lung function. At the same time, the work of doctors also grew, not only on the territory of hospital wards, but from outside. Work was carried out with the population, experts answered questions, talked about the importance of treatment, diets, physical activity, clean air.
World COPD Day is founded by the Organization for the Fight against Lung Diseases, doctors and patients around the world. This not only helps to inform people, but also to exchange experiences, discuss various ways to reduce the number of cases. Every year a relevant topic is chosen, materials are distributed all over the planet.
Did you know that:
- the main symptoms are a constant cough and shortness of breath, as well as the release of a large amount of sputum;
- up to 50% of cases of the disease are not diagnosed, especially in the initial stages of the disease;
- patients with COPD are at risk for severe COVID-19;
- most people suffering from ailments seriously lose weight.
How to celebrate
Learn more about the disease – read encyclopedias or ask for advice from a specialist. Visit a doctor and have a breath test. Spread the word about the holiday so that more people know about it and can control the situation.
When is World COPD Day celebrated in 2022?
World COPD Day is observed on the third Wednesday of November each year.