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PLYMOUTH – Microplastics which shed from nylon and polyester may prevent our lungs from repairing the damage caused by Covid-19, new scientific research has found. Preliminary findings suggest nylon and polyester negatively affected the growth and repair of airways.

Researchers exposed airway and air sac organoids (miniature lungs) to nylon and polyester microfibres across 14 days to determine their impact, using fibres small enough to be inhaled. The resulting data suggested that microplastic textile fibre may especially harm developing airways or airways undergoing repair. 

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