Do you have a fever with viral pneumonia?
Are you feeling under the weather and wondering if you might have viral pneumonia? Well, put on your detective hat because we’re about to get to the bottom of this illness.
What is Viral Pneumonia?
Before we dive into the symptoms, let’s first define what viral pneumonia actually is. It’s an infection that causes inflammation in your lungs. The cause of this type of pneumonia can be different viruses such as influenza, SARS-CoV-2 (yep, that COVID), or even the common cold virus.
While bacterial pneumonia is known for producing a high fever and cough with thick sputum production via chest x-ray findings…viral pneumonia doesn’t quite follow suit.
What Causes Viral Pneumonia?
There are several viruses that can lead to viral pneumonia including influenza, rhinovirus, adenovirus, and yes our good old friend mentioned earlier – SARS-CoV-2 aka Covid 19…which by now you should know spreads through respiratory droplets from one person to another just like wild fire!
Symptoms of Viral Pneumonia
So how do you know if it’s “just” a cold or something more serious like viral pneumonia? Here are some symptoms noticed:
If someone around you has been coughing without covering their mouth lately…move away! Anyways back on topic – A dry hacking cough means its ‘cold’ season; however moist sounding? That could mean there’s mucus being produced in response due to lung inflammation caused from viruses associated with pneumonias.
Shortness of Breath / Chest Tightness
Do stairs normally leave feeling breathless nowadays? Quietly catching up with Pokemon Go characters while walking outside when suddenly your heart rate sky rockets out-of-nowhere along with labored breathing sounds? This could indicate a lung infection/issue.
Ok now let’s get to the superstar question. Do you have a fever with viral pneumonia? Honestly, it’s confusing because most mild cases might not result in high fevers due to its virus being of low intensity compared to others – especially ones that tend to strike during winter months. But for moderate-severe cases, yes a fever is common along with chills!
Body Aches and Fatigue
Feeling more exhausted than usual even though nothing out-of-the-norm has happened recently? Is your body feeling legitimately sore after laying in bed all day watching Netflix?! You guessed it.. another sign pointing towards possible viral pneumonia.
While many illnesses share similar symptoms making self-diagnosis challenging – this one needs definite medical attention if you have multiple symptoms mentioned above… like we’ve preached before DON’T GOOGLE YOUR SYMPTOMS! Instead see healthcare professional experienced in respiratory diseases.
Their clinical evaluation will follow CDC guidelines just as they would for SARS-CoV-2 or any other communicable disease posing potential risks. Medical staff will use your symptom presentation along with lab tests/x-rays (chest scan) relating back either negative or positive results.
Your doctor may recommend nasal swabs or blood specimens sent off for testing by culture sensitivity for further pathogen ID; else CT scans of lungs give physician immediate insight about condition progress indicating severity stages when needed.
Let’s start from literal ground zero “The Foundational Element” Wear masks around known sick quarantined within walls but also obeying social distancing protocol – nobody wants their grandma lying on life-support machines; only surviving through her machinery..
So what next if infected by such respiratory pathogens?
Antibiotics don’t work against viruses so luckily there are practical natural steps available:
Rest: Get as much sleep as possible allowing your body time to recover.
Vitamins: Eat a nutrient rich diet to build up immune system. Particular essential vitamins? Vitamin D, C and Zinc play significant roles supporting healthy immunity systems according with medical research faryay!
For moderate-severe cases, doctor might prescribe antivirals for faster recovery benefits. Being admitted into hospital, oxygen therapy is conducted when respiratory or lung complication arises causing low-oxygen saturation in blood ultimately leading organ shut down otherwise
What’s more logical – spending months on end confined within four walls surrounded by internet call fatigue OR combating viruses through prevention tips? You may want the “Netflix and lockdown” routine but guess who doesn’t care about these personal wishes?
So here are 5 practical steps in case you wish to keep them far away:
1) Immune-boosting safety mechanics:
Knowing daily dosage of vitamins
Included exercise routines; yes at-home videos allowed – just be mindful during ‘Burpee’ workouts if living upstairs of an apartment complex…your downstairs neighbors will thank you later when spasms come slowing down.
2) Face mask upkeep explained: Wear masks currently being advised (at least one per person recommended)
3) Stay Homestaycations: Delete that Tinder profile / Mall wanderlust we’ll see y’all once contagious season passes;-)
4) Sanitize like it’s nobody’s business:
The door knobs! The remotes! Uber Eats containers!
All inputs entering your safe zone must be cleaned thoroughly before usage.
5) Strengthen Your Social Setting Safely!: Family/friends becoming life savers especially during rough patches making sure those countable loved ones get it too so schedule Zoom game nights together
At the end our goal should always be reducing risk factors making sure this virus doesn’t become the star of another solitary isolation filled day. Stay healthy, stay safe oh and happy germ/bacteria fighting!