23. Breathe it into the lungs
Richard Trudgen, Djiniyini Gondarra and Dr Kerry Mills continue the conversation about how coronavirus can float as tiny droplets of mucus in the air. Djiniyini asks, “How do these viruses enter the body”? Dr Kerry Mills explains that these little droplets are floating in the air, and if you breathe them in, they will go right down into the lungs. Once they’re in the lungs, the viruses make a home in the bottom of the lungs. From there, a person can get very sick and won’t be able to breathe properly.
24. Lots of men dying from the virus
In this program, Richard Trudgen and Djiniyini Gondarra discuss how lots of men are dying from COVID-19. Dr Mills tells the story about how, in China, most of the people who died from the virus were men. Doctors thought it was something about men that made them die, but then they discovered that in China, many more men were smokers than women. This video works through how it was smoking that caused more deaths of men. Dr Mills points out how the virus really likes the lungs of smokers.
25. Smoking – effects on other people and babies
In this program, Richard Trudgen and Djiniyini Gondarra discuss how the virus is affecting smokers. Is it affecting other people? Dr Mills talks about how, if somebody smokes inside, then other people in the house will have the same problem. They go on to explain about passive smoking and also the effects of smoking on unborn children, in relation to the Covid-19 virus.
26. Deeper story – why smokers die from Covid-19
Richard Trudgen and Djiniyini Gondarra are joined by Dr Kerry Mills to go deeper into answering the question of why a lot of smokers were dying in China. Dr Mills explained that the virus looks for a special home in the lungs, called an ACE2 receptor. The virus inhabits this ACE2 receptor and starts breeding there. The nicotine in cigarettes makes many more of these special ACE2 receptors in the lungs, so smokers have many more receptor homes where the virus can breed. When the virus enters these ACE2 receptors, it produces thousands of small viruses. While they are breeding, they also destroy these ACE2 receptors homes, which makes people very sick, making it very hard for people to breathe.
Other education programs in Yolŋu Matha are available on the Why Warriors YouTube channel or via the Yolŋu Matha learning platform, www.djambatjmarram.com.
These COVID-19 resources are produced by Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra, Richard Trudgen and Dr Kerry Mills.
Thank-you to © Helix Animation 2020 for the animations provided. All rights reserved.