Omicron can cause pneumonia

OMICRON can cause pneumonia to develop in rare cases, causing the lungs to swell.

Getting Covid sometimes leaves some people unwell, with complications emerging as they fight the virus.

In rare cases, a viral infection, like Covid, can develop into pneumonia


In rare cases, a viral infection, like Covid, can develop into pneumonia

One of the rare development that can be caused by any viral infection, is pneumonia – inflammation of the tissues in your lungs.

A string of extremely active research showed that Omicron was milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalization was 50 to 70% lower than Delta.

So this means it’s unlikely you’ll be unwell enough to develop pneumonia – but it’s good to know the signs.

Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.

The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping to get vital additional vaccines in the UK’s arms to avoid the need for any new restrictions.

Pneumonia refers to tissue swelling in one or both of your lungs.

When you have pneumonia, the alveoli — the small air sacs where oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged — fill with fluid.

It affects about eight out of every 1,000 adults each year, and it’s more common in the fall and winter.

Although it can seriously affect people of any age, it is more likely and can be more severe in young or elderly people.

While the symptoms of pneumonia are similar to other illnesses, such as a chest infection – they can develop as quickly as 24 hours.

The development of the infection can also depend on the age of the person with the disease.

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Atypical pneumonia or commuting pneumonia is common in school-age children. They may not feel so sick that they want to miss school, but they may be tired, have a headache, a low-grade fever, or a dry cough.

Mycoplasma pneumoniae is responsible for up to 20% of pneumonia cases in adults.

While it’s rare, if you’re trying to shake off your Omicron infection and feel it’s getting worse, look out for some of the symptoms listed below.

If this is the case, don’t worry, call for help and a specialist can quickly assess you.

People who develop pneumonia usually recover completely without any further complications.

Common symptoms include a dry or productive cough – and breathing can be rapid and shallow, you may feel short of breath all the time and chest pain.

Fever, sweating and shivering, loss of appetite, and heart palpitations are also symptoms.

Less common symptoms include coughing up blood, headache, fatigue, feeling sick, wheezing, muscle aches, and confusion.

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