How does tear gas affect your lungs? | Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos Johns Hopkins Medicine explains

Contributor: Brian H. Waters (@Brianhwaters)

As thousands of people participate in protests for social justice reform around the world, another critical conversation has surfaced surrounding tear gas and its affects on the respiratory system.

In reference to the unjust deaths of #GeorgeFloyd, #AhmaudArbery and #BreonnaTaylor, protestors are chanting for change in the midst of a pandemic, while also being sprayed by law enforcers with tear gas.

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Courtesy: Johns Hopkins Medicine

Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos of Johns Hopkins Medicine explains the affects of the chemical weapon and methods of prevention to ensure safety.

“As a lung doctor.. it’s good to see a lot of the protestors wear masks..recognizing the pandemic is still present, but those masks are not going to prevent the particles of tear gas from getting in their respiratory system,” said Galiatsatos.

According to the CDC, riot control agents, often referred to as tear gas, are chemical compounds that temporarily make people unable to function by causing irritation to the eyes, mouth, throat, lungs, and skin.


No one is exempt from tear gas, whether you are a participant or a journalist reporting the news. One journalist who was reporting from a sidewalk while covering the protests shared his experience about the uncontrollable burning.

It’s a burning that you cannot control. It’s not only in your eyes. I inhaled the tear gas and could not breathe. You’re gasping for your breath, and no matter what you do, you’re still choking.

Galiatsatos notes the distance between a person and the tear gas can determine the short-long term effects. For example, some symptoms may include a cough, shortness of breath and watery eyes. Long-term effects of tear gas are determined by a person’s pre-existing health conditions.

These symptoms serve as the body’s defense mechanism to keep the chemical from entering your blood stream. 

The combination of COVID-19 and tear gas can affect the respiratory system, but recovery is still attainable.

“At this moment, we need to come together for a moral and ethical cause. I would recommend [to] keep in mind we are still in a pandemic.”

Galiatsatos recommends these safety precautions to protestors:

  • Always wear a face mask
  • Take hand sanitizer with you to keep your hands clean
  • Remain socially distant as much as possible
  • Use signs to keep voice tone at a moderate level

If you would like to connect with Dr. Galiatsatos, please reach out to him via twitter @panagis21.

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Alabama dad raises up to $1,000 in 24 hours for single moms during National Pandemic | LookWeAreIncluded.com

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A Fairfield native is bringing hope to single mothers in his community after starting a fundraiser to combat the COVID-19 crisis.

Omar Young, a Miles College graduate is the creator-founder of the COVID-19 Single Mom Stimulus’ Program and community changer. In addition to his new initiative, Young also started ‘My Sweetheart Bakery’ right in his hometown and coaches youth football to mentor young men in the Birmingham area.

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Omar Young, Ramsay High School rising Senior pictured with his dad (Omar Young Senior) after a football game.

“Covid-19 Single Mom Stimulus From the Fellas, was something started from a need. Dr. AG Gaston stated, “find a need and fill it.” So, we hope to fill that need. I’ve watched so many single moms struggle whole times were well, I knew these times would bring more strife. I wanted to figure out how we can minimize those burdens. I have friends that are single moms and I hear what they are facing. I have friends and their moms were single parents, I hear their stories,” Omar told LookWeAreIncluded.com.

On Tuesday April 7, around 11: 23 a.m. Young posted his idea on Facebook letting his followers know that some children in the area were going hungry, due to job cuts from the national crisis. “It’s some single moms out here struggling right now and don’t know which way to turn,” Omar wrote on Facebook so he asked how many people would be willing to help turn this situation around.

He proposed his Facebook friends to give a maximum of $5 a month to the $inglemomcovid19 (Cash App) account and single mothers would be chosen by a raffle  give-a-way on Facebook live.

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Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 2.56.47 PMOnce the post went public, over 100 people commented on his Facebook post and donations started rolling in.

This good deed spread like wildfire with more people in the community wanting to help and single- mother’s receiving random acts of kindness.

“I feel so blessed thank you,” Shun Blackgirl Davis wrote on Facebook.

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“Ultimately, the kid is the one who really suffer. I saw the food banks and everything, but I wanted them to have money in hand to choose to their liking. And Covid 19 Single Mom Stimulus was birthed,” Omar Young told LookWeAreIncluded.com

If you would like to contribute via cash app here is the name: $inglemomcovid19 and for more ways you can help please reach out to Omar Young through Facebook Book: HERE

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