Pneumonia is caused by Viruses, bacteria, and fungi. In the United States, common causes of viral
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19)
The bacteria and viruses that most commonly cause pneumonia. However, it is difficult to find out which
germ caused pneumonia.
Common causes of bacterial pneumonia are Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) and,
especially in kids, Mycoplasma pneumonia.
The flu(Influenza) is caused by an influenza virus.
Small airborne droplets from the coughs or sneezes of someone who has the flu. You can also catch the
flu if you touch something with the virus on it and then touch your mouth or nose.
TREATMENT AND PREVENTION
Generally, the flu can be treated with an antiviral prescription. If a virus is a reason for your pneumonia,
antibiotics won’t help. Your doctor may give you an antiviral medication.
If you have an influenza virus, doctor may prescribe medications such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu), zanamivir
(Relenza), or peramivir (Rapivab). These drugs keep flu viruses from spreading in your body.
If RSV(Respiratory syncytial virus) is the cause of your pneumonia, your doctor may prescribe a
medication such as ribavirin (Virazole). This helps to limit the spread of viruses. All viral pneumonia
patients must receive supportive care with oxygen, rest, antipyretics, analgesics, nutrition, and close
When you have pneumonia, the doctor will suggest rest. drink plenty of fluids Tea, soups, and coffee.
we all know the famous proverb” prevention is better than cure.” follow the prevention to stay away
Avoiding close contact with sick people.
Frequent hand washing.
Not smoking and avoiding passive smoke.
Who is at risk for pneumonia?
pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children under the age of 5.
The following factors can increase your risk for pneumonia:
Decreased brain function as a result of an injury or illness
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Recent respiratory infections, like the flu, a cold, or laryngitis
Recent injury or surgery
Smoking, both kinds active and passive.
Is pneumonia communicable?
The flu is much more communicable than pneumonia especially if you already have other health issues.
This is more important for older adults, children, pregnant women, and people with serious health