World Pneumonia Day
People all over the world observe World Pneumonia Day every year on November 12. This day was established by the Stop Pneumonia Initiative in 2009 to raise awareness about pneumonia, and promote interventions to protect against, prevent, and treat it . Pneumonia is the single biggest infectious killer of adults and children, taking the lives of 2.5 million, including 672,000 children, in 2019 . It is thought that pneumonia will kill 11 million more children by 2030 unless the world takes decisive action now . This year, for the first time, World Pneumonia Day is being held during a global pandemic which is not less dangerous than pneumonia. COVID-19 could add 1.9 million to the death toll this year, which would increase ‘all-cause’ pneumonia deaths by more than 75%, causing more burden than any other infectious disease . Pneumonia is classified into: bacterial or viral pneumonia based on its cause . Bacterial pneumonia is the most common type and tends to be more serious and require medical care . While viral pneumonia tends to develop over several days, with early symptoms similar to flu . Generally, symptoms of pneumonia include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain that worsens by breathing, fatigue, nausea and vomiting especially in children .
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