Recently I looked at the Knowledge Network BBC documentary on microplastics. This is a field that is hardly discussed by the public. Plastic interaction with health is a subject rarely researched, But a hot topic for me.
I am postulating a personal theory that may be highly relevant given the world CoronaVirus nightmare. There are many other modality precautions that one can adopt. But this one, depending on where you live, maybe difficult without moving residence!
One of my daughters, on her own initiative, implemented a high school collection team particularly for visible plastic trash on the local beaches.
This with school support and a productive result. The problem, as she now knows, is not just the microplastic particle level that ubiquitously is entering our ocean environment and sealife.
Through fish consumption ultimately these microplastics enter the human food chain. One major issue is how damaging to our health through just this route?
In some countries, such as Britain, the use of plastics is not only extensive but for reasons such as incineration, the actual AIR quality becomes microplastic ridden.
I have often theorized that many populations have particular health ‘Achilles Heals’. A classic example is the United States with its Obesity crisis and that health-related vulnerability.
In Britain, there is a dense population that already may be compromised with their health generally. But the population is also subject to an increased level of microplastics in the air that they are generally, completely unaware of.
Through fish consumption ultimately these microplastics enter the human food chain.
This is not assisted by the large corporations. They just fail to disclose the plastic content of such products such as wet wipes. We all know that issue!!
That GB and the world seems infatuated with these wet wipes, now ‘aided and abetted’ by wiping protection from the Pandemic!
These micro and invisible plastics are breathed in and end up in the alveoli of the lungs where the body transfers oxygen to the bloodstream.
Given that COVID-19 appears more and more to have an oxygen deprivation component, this could be a devastating component.
What startled me is that a British University conducted a study OUTSIDE polluted London. Uniquely it was at Bristol that is near the River Severn on the West Coast.
Generally speaking this is a ‘fresh air’ location. Even children’s rooms in homes were penetrated by a high level of invisible microplastics in the air.
Given that location the whole country is at risk. Perhaps this is an explanation in part to their increased vulnerability to this pandemic.
This particularly in contrast to a country such as Canada and particularly the West Coast where the air hopefully still remains relatively unpolluted from microplastics.
There despite an obvious influx of people from Wuhan, China the original epicenter of this virus.
Also maybe because of other positives such as a generally healthy lifestyle, there could already be a substantial start towards herd immunity.
It could be that for young fit persons, a holiday at a government, and of course ultimately taxpayer’s expense, may in some small way be because of an absence of those small invisible plastic particles! Relentless Airborn Plastic Particles COVID-19 Insult?