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Cough

Coughing is, in fact, a fantastic cleaning system for the respiratory tract.

Normally, the numerous cilia in the upper respiratory tract remove mucus and "intruders" such as dust particles, sending them to the pharynx. But if something accidentally enters the windpipe (such as a piece of food) or if excess mucus is produced, it triggers a cough reflex. During this powerful reflex, the air is pressed out with great force as the diaphragm contracts, producing a cough that travels up to 80km/hour!

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