News24LAST UPDATED: Nov. 18, 2020, 3:41 p.m.
NEW DELHI (DIVYA SAINI): World COPD Day is celebrated on third Wednesday of November and this year it falls today i.e on18 November, 2020. It is organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) in collaboration with health care professionals and COPD patient groups. Its aim is to raise awareness, share knowledge, and discuss ways to reduce the burden of COPD worldwide. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a preventable and treatable disease that causes breathlessness, chronic sputum production and cough and Chest Tightness.
Every year GOLD chooses a theme and coordinates preparation and distribution of World COPD Day materials and resources. World COPD Day activities are organized in each country by health care professionals, educators, and members of the public who want to help make an impact worldwide.
The first World COPD Day was held in 2002. Each year organizers in more than 50 countries carry out activities, making the day one of the world's most important COPD awareness and education events.
The 2020 theme for World COPD Day will be “Living Well with COPD - Everybody, Everywhere". This year's aim is to send a positive message to both patients and providers that although COPD does not have a cure, there are many ways to actively live well. This campaign aims to raise awareness for interventions like pulmonary rehabilitation, physical activity, self-management, and nutrition, as well as highlight the importance of social and mental well-being. Smoking is the biggest risk factor for COPD. As many as 75% of patients with COPD have smoked or continue to smoke. People with high consumption of Tobacco are also at risk.
Symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease
1 Shortness of breath especially during physical activities
3 Chest tightness
4 Persistent cough with phlegm
5 Frequent respiratory infections
6 Lack of energy
7 Unintended weight loss
8 Swollen ankles
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