For World Pneumonia Day, learn the risks of pneumonia in children

An iconic 17th century statue of a little boy in Belgium wears an outfit to mark World Pneumonia Day in 2019.

According to the World Health Organization, pneumonia accounts for 14% of all deaths in children under 5 and is the leading infectious cause of death in children and adults worldwide. Pneumonia is an acute respiratory infection that can easily be spread by sneezing or coughing. In children, rapid breathing and nasal throbbing can be an indicator of this type of infection.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many children have developed pneumonia, leading to prolonged hospitalizations and even intubation.

An acute respiratory infection can take many forms, but pneumonia tends to be the MVP of all respiratory infections. In the medical world, pneumonia often presents as a secondary infection. Pneumonia is secondary to COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The Florida Department of Health reported that over the past month, the percentage of emergency room visits for RSV among children under five has increased.

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