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5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a very common illness that causes infection in the lungs. At best, it causes mild symptoms such as a cough or fever; at worst it can cause death. Unfortunately, pneumonia is one of those illnesses that seems to get swept under the rug - but no more! In recognition of World Pneumonia Day on 12 November, UNICEF wants to get the word out so we can all help save and protect children around the world.

1.    Everyone can get pneumonia

One common myth is that pneumonia mostly affects older people. However, everyone is at risk. This includes children, especially those who live in areas with high levels of air pollution. In fact, half of all pneumonia deaths in children are linked to air pollution!

2.    Pneumonia is the leading infectious killer of children under five. 

Even though pneumonia is preventable and treatable, 922,000 children died from it last year. That’s 2,500 children per day and 1 every 35 seconds! Pneumonia in the most deadly infectious disease in children, causing more deaths than malaria, tuberculosis, measles and AIDS combined!

3.    A lot less children are dying from pneumonia!

Between 2000 and 2015 the amount of deaths in children from pneumonia decreased by 47%! That is awesome, but there is still more work to be done. This is the slowest rate of decline among (the main) childhood diseases.

4.    The majority of childhood pneumonia cases occur in 10 countries.

60% of deaths occur in Chad, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and Indonesia. Pneumonia is more common in rural areas, poor areas and areas with poor air quality and unclean water.

5.    There are a lot of ways to fight pneumonia. 

These include vaccines, breastfeeding, access to safe drinking water, improving overall sanitation, good nutritional habits for children and improving air quality, especially inside the home. It all starts with raising awareness and sharing solutions.

You can do something today: help us get the word out! One death from pneumonia is one too many. If you want to get involved and help save the lives of thousands of children visit

subversivegrrl  asked:

Is there actually any correlation between exposure and illness? Like, if a healthy person was out in the elements (let's say overnight temperatures in the 40s) without adequate clothing or gear, what's the likelihood of developing pneumonia or bronchitis?

Hey there! Your question is a really good one, and it’s a trope we see a lot in fiction.

The short answer is basically no, your character cannot develop pneumonia or bronchitis from being outside in the cold for a few hours. They’ll have a pretty rough night, but you won’t die of pneumonia.

The long answer is: these are pathogens. Bronchitis is usually viral, pneumonia is usually bacterial. Your character has to come into contact with the virus / bacteria in order to become infected with them.

However, there is some evidence that cold exposure in the short term suppresses the immune system in the nasal passages, but only while the person is exposed to the cold. So it’s possible that if they come into contact with a rhinovirus (that causes the common cold) during this time, it may get a chance to take a foothold in the nasal passages.

But bronchitis and pneumonia work much deeper down in the chest, where it’s a lot warmer.

So the odds of them developing a crappy night? 100%.

The odds of them developing pneumonia? Practically nil.

Hope this helped!

xoxo, Aunt Scripty


Out of PCU!

Pneumonia is resolving and IVIG is starting to work, so I was transferred from the PCU (step-down from ICU) to a private room in the oncology ward today. Not sure WHY oncology – maybe because they generally have sicker patients? I’m still really weak (can stand for about 30 seconds, can’t walk at all) and tired, but it’s good to feel like I’m on the recovery side.

I also started getting lower left quadrant pain – a sign of a diverticulitis flare – so we’re adding Flagyl to my other antibiotics. Want to nip this in the bud BEFORE it turns into a bad infection like I had last summer.

I’m bummed about missing writing night this week. I just want to be home. The PT today said as long as I can transfer safely (in and out of bed, etc) and walk 5 feet with my crutches, she’d probably sign off on me going home and not to a skilled nursing facility. I really don’t want to go to a SNF — they won’t have the slightest idea what to do with me there.itd just be until I got my strength back enough to be at home, but it’s just not a good idea.

So I’m going to practice extreme resting, in the hopes I recover faster and can get sent home.

Dr. Ilaria Moneta, Italian pediatrician currently on a MSF mission in the Central African Republic

“One of the patients who touched me the most is an 18 months old boy who was suffering from pneumonia and severe malnutrition.

He was very weak when he was admitted, but improved significantly during his 10 days stay with us. You know, it’s not good for small children to stay that long in a hospital. But this little boy recovered remarkably, and towards the end of his stay he was so much better, always giving me a big smile when I would come, grabbing my hand, wanting to engage.

But yesterday he came back for his follow up appointment, and he worried me. He lost a lot of weight in a week – that’s not good for a such a young child. I could see right away that he was not well: he didn’t recognize me anymore, he was sad, he was like another person. I wanted to hospitalize him again to keep an eye on him, but we couldn’t. They live in town, so at least they don’t have to travel far to come to us. They didn’t come back today, so he must be doing OK. I hope so.

The reality of pneumonia can be very scary and dangerous. Each year, it takes the lives of nearly one million kids. There’s a vaccine to prevent it, but it’s too expensive for many countries to afford. That’s why we need #Pfizer and #GSK to drop the price to $5/child for all developing countries and humanitarian organizations. #AskPharma

Eminent Domain

You are no stranger to him.
Your cavernous, empty, hollow halls,
seething, pits enflamed by hatred,
jealousy, and tortured selfishness
can not remain hidden any longer.
A glimpse of you he made and
scribes his vision on this very paper
for all to tangle with in their own manner.

Rise you hunchbacked monster!
Rise you baleful beast from that heap of
shattered dreams and devoured innocence.
You are Spawn so unspeakable that your
domain is hidden within this soulish realm.
Your stench is abnormal.
Your guise is reddened shame.

Walk, you dare, towards he who spied!
Limp you go! For no further shall your hulk
loom over that tortured soul of his.
He speaks and calls out your name and
dare he then, yes, dare he then
to spit your evil name from lips
dried by the sun and with a tongue
swollen with thirst and solitude.
His is a voice so weak that even
escaping air carries not a whimper.

Yet he roars your name like a lion!
Your will is selfish and your name…
Behemoth, your name is Sickness.
I cast you out to join the pigs of the field.
Throw yourself at the mercy of God
and habitate the soul no more.

~ Medicine Mask Poet

JonJon, 33 years old from the US

I will never forget the MONTH I had pneumonia. It started on a cold Tuesday night in early December 2010. At the time I thought I was coming down with a cold, and by Thursday I was fully convinced I caught a bad flu. Little did I know by that Saturday morning I would be admitted into my local hospitals ER and diagnosed with streptococcus pneumonia. 

I had a high fever, my vision was blurred, and time seemed to slow down with every breath I took as I struggled to fill my lungs with air. I literally felt like I was drowning, and I felt helpless. As the doctor put me under to calm me down, I remember still gasping for air to let my mom that I loved her and my family. I truly believed I was going to die.

I woke up days later from a medically induced coma, intubated to a machine that was breathing for me. I found out that my lungs had filled up so much with infection that only 1/3 of my right lung was capable in taking oxygen. For the next two weeks it was a battle between pneumonia and me.  

I was taken off the machine and released home just before New Years Eve. Since I was bedridden, and deprived of solid food and water for a few weeks, I was left frail, and I could barely walk or stand on my own. My lung capacity was next to none and after I spoke a sentence I was out of breath as though I had been jogging for miles. Slowly but surely I made a full recovery. 

I was thankful and blessed I made it through that experience, and I always say I would never wish pneumonia on anyone.

The reality of pneumonia can be very scary and dangerous. Each year, it takes the lives of nearly one million kids. There’s a vaccine to prevent it, but it’s too expensive for many countries to afford. That’s why we need #Pfizer and #GSK to drop the price to $5/child for all developing countries and humanitarian organizations. #AskPharma