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How can I tell if a person has a partially blocked airway?

With a partially blocked airway, the person usually can breathe with some trouble.

A person with a partially blocked airway may be able to get enough air in and out of the lungs to cough or to make wheezing sounds.

The person also may get enough air to speak.

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