For my project I was interested in the effects of diseases on the tissue and function of the respiratory system, specifically in the case of COVID-19. Although there is much that we are still learning about this evolved killer, many studies and doctors have concluded that in severe cases of acute respiratory distress syndrome caused by COVID-19, post-infected lungs are significantly more damaged than lungs of habitual smokers. This is primarily due to the trauma to the lungs from breakdown of the alveolar epithelial tissue and buildup on the alveolar walls. This finding is extremely interesting- and frightening. As we grow up we are taught that smoking is bad for our health and to stay away from it; therefore I believe that this finding provides a great reference for how dangerous this respiratory disease can be, and why we should continue to follow necessary precautions to prevent the spread of is.
For the art aspect, I decided to do an illustration using water paint. I outlined a chest X-ray and divided into three sections; the water paint allowed me to easily show transparency and variation of shades as you would typically see in an X-ray. The middle section represents a normal lung: its consistent darkness throughout represents the air and gas exchange that is occurring. The left represents smokers’ lungs: the black and white shows scarring and congestion. Finally, the right section is a post-COVID-19 lung: the grey shade represents severe inflammation and the presence of infection.