Respiratory illnesses like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and influenza are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, 235 million people suffer from a respiratory illness, and each year four million deaths are attributed to these diseases. When lung problems are diagnosed early, treatment plans can be initiated that slow disease progression and improve long-term patient outcomes. But early diagnosis requires relatively expensive equipment like spirometers, and trained technicians in clinical settings to perform the testing procedure. For this reason, most lung diseases are not diagnosed until they have already reached an advanced stage, which means that crucial opportunities for early treatment are missed.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.edgeimpulse.com/blog/just-take-a-deep-breath