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If people received their pneumococcal vaccine, does that provide any protection for developing pneumonia from coronavirus?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Some/maybe: Pneumococcus is a common cause of pneumonia as a complication of many upper & lower respiratory infections. Having some antibody present can decrease that entity as a cause.However, covid-19 seems to have the potential to cause a viral pneumonia that leads to lung compromise/failure on its own. The same can be said of flu & some other viruses.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Not directly: Although a pneumococcal vaccine won't prevent COVID 19 pneumonia, it can help to protect a secondary infection with penumococcus.
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