While many don’t consider pneumonia a serious health threat, this lung condition can affect almost anyone—regardless of age, gender, race, or level of health or physical fitness. According to research from the Mayo Clinic, pneumonia occurs when fluid infection (pus) inflames the air sacs of one or both lungs, resulting in a potentially life-threatening illness.
Let’s mark World Pneumonia Day (on November 12, 2016) by reviewing six fast facts about this serious lung infection…
As mentioned in the intro, pneumonia doesn’t discriminate as far as age or level of health. Everyone can be affected by pneumonia. However, certain populations, particularly those with compromised immune systems can be more at risk.
For instance, the American Lung Association notes that individuals with a chronic health issue—such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), cardiovascular disease, asthma, or diabetes—are at increased pneumonia risk. Additionally, those who smoke or abuse alcohol, as well as young children and adults over 65-years old can develop mild to severe pneumonia illness.