Jogger Who Traveled Miles With Coronavirus Mask Suffers From Broken Lung, Wuhan Hospital

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Chinese recover from surgery after lung collapsed after 4 km run in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, while wearing a face mask last week, officials said Monday of the hospital.

In a statement posted on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, Wuhan Central Hospital said on Thursday that the 26-year-old suffered from chest pain and shortness of breath. After examination, the doctors discovered that his left lung had compressed 90% and his heart was moved to the right side of his body.

A collapsed lung, known as a pneumothorax, occurs when air escapes from outside the lung.

The patient underwent surgery and has been listed as stable, the hospital said. Authorities believe the life-threatening situation was caused by wearing a mask during the race.

The hospital said the man started running about two weeks ago, increasing his distance on each outing. He wore a mask every time because of the severity of the pandemic in Wuhan.

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On Thursday, he shortened his run when he started having difficulty breathing and went home, the hospital said. His family took him to the hospital after his condition worsened.

Chen Baojun, director of the thoracic surgery department at Wuhan Institution, said the man was already suspected of spontaneous pneumothorax because of his tall, thin waist.

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