A viral video of holding your breath during the lung test is misleading!

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can u hold your breath from A to B?

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Explanation

The lung diagram with A to B markings in the background is displayed in this 33-second video. As seen in the picture, we see a man holding his breath from point A to point B. An infographic caption for the video reads, “Your lungs are good if you can hold your breath from A to B.” This post has already garnered around 15.7M views while writing this article. You can view related posts with similar claims here and here.

What’s the truth?

Using relevant keywords, we began looking up this claim online. We discovered that this claim was refuted earlier in the Covid period on the WHO website. WHO has shared this information on its FaceBook and X handle as well.

In a dedicated section called “Myth Busters,” the World Health Organisation makes it very clear that holding your breath for ten seconds or longer without experiencing any discomfort is not a sign that you have coronavirus disease or any other lung disease.

When we advanced our search, we got an article by Science Direct. According to the report, “Breathing patterns vary among individuals and may be influenced by pain, emotion, body temperature, sleep, body position, activity level, and the presence of pulmonary, cardiac, metabolic, or nervous system disease.”

In summary, we discovered that while breathing patterns can be ascertained through breath-holding tests, numerous other factors influence an individual’s breathing pattern, so the lungs alone do not determine a person’s breathing pattern.

It’s evident from everything mentioned above that the viral test cannot determine how healthy your lungs are.

Conclusion:

In light of this, we deduce that the viral claim regarding the lung experiment, in which you are asked to hold your breath from point A to point B, is incorrect.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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