It’s Respiratory Care Week, and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is hosting a high-tech mobile motion simulator to show people the effects of smoking and pollutants on the lungs.
The COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Shuttle will be open to the public on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. offering a 5-minute virtual journey inside the human body. Afterward, there will be free screenings for lung disease, sponsored by the COPD Foundation.
The goal is to raise awareness and try and prevent COPD, the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the only chronic disease growing in mortality. COPD, affecting 24 million around the country – half of whom are undiagnosed -- includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema and adult onset (refractory) asthma. Symptoms include breathlessness, wheezing and chronic coughing.
“Millions of Americans suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease so it is important to educate people about its causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention,” said Dr. Robert Wise, professor of medicine and director of the pulmonary laboratory at the Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center, in a statement. “The Johns Hopkins Bayview respiratory department is proud to host the COPD Shuttle during Respiratory Care Week, so that we can inform more people in Baltimore about this disease.”
The shuttle will be parked outside of the Asthma and Allergy Center at Hopkins Bayview. Parking will be available in the Mid-Campus lot and parking garage. For more information go to copdfoundatio.org or call 866-316-COPD (2673).
Photo courtesy of the COPD Foundation