Imagine the scene: you’re home alone and tuned into your favorite comedy show on TV, when suddenly you’re caught by a belly laugh. A chunk of pepperoni from the pizza you’re eating gets caught in your throat, and it blocks your airway. You can’t breathe, and there’s no one around to help. So what can be done? Well, there’s a simple trick you can perform, and it could just save your life.
Sadly, dying by choking is a surprisingly common occurrence in the United States. In 2017 it was actually the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury death, according to the National Safety Council. And alarmingly, it can come about from something as trivial as swallowing a piece of pizza the wrong way.