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How can you catch pneumonia ?

How can you catch pneumonia ?

From infected person: Most of the pneumonias are caused by a viral or bacterial infections. You usually get them from someone who has a respiratory infection, not necessarily pneumonia, by cough or touch hand contact. There are rare pneumonias like Legionaire disease and non-infectious pneumonias that has different mode of transmission. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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Can I catch pneumonia from my cat's pneumonia?

Can I catch pneumonia from my cat's pneumonia?

Maybe: Depends on the cause of the cat's disease. Many viruses are host-specific and not transmitted from animals to man, but many are. Cats carry a bundle of transmittable diseases, but not generally through pneumonia. ...Read more

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Should I babysit a child who has recently been diagnosed with pneumonia, or will I catch it?

Should I babysit a child who has recently been diagnosed with pneumonia, or will I catch it?

You can baby sit: In general, pneumonia due to bacteria is not contagious. If the child has a viral infection or influenza (the "flu") however, this could be contagious. If the child has been diagnosed to have a bacterial pneumonia, then it would be safe to babysit the child. The only major type of bacterial pneumonia that is contagious is tuberculosis, but in general, people do not refer to this as pneumonia. ...Read more

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Can you catch viral pneumonia a second time?

Can you catch viral pneumonia a second time?

Absolutely: As already mentioned, pneumonia is caused by a large variety of viruses. Additionally, not every virus confers permanent immunity when you get it. As a result, it's possible to have viral pneumonia multiple times. ...Read more

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Can you catch atypical pneumonia from someone else?

Can you catch atypical pneumonia from someone else?

Yes: Atypical pneumonia is usually caused by a bacteria (most commonly mycoplasma) that is transmitted in respiratory secretions allowing it to be passed from one person to another. ...Read more

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Can you catch pneumonia from driving a truck that someone else has.?

Can you catch pneumonia from driving a truck that someone else has.?

Unlikely: Unless they were in truck with you & they exposed you. ...Read more

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If I have pneumonia and can my son who is 7 months old can catch it from me?

If I have pneumonia and can my son who is 7 months old can catch it from me?

It is possible: Check with your doctor to see what kind bugs cause your pneumonia some of those are contiguous and your baby may not have immunity to it wear a mask to minimize the problem. ...Read more

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Can a child catch pneumonia in a household where viral pneumonia is present?

Can a child catch pneumonia in a household where viral pneumonia is present?

Yes: Keep children away from sick people. Take it as an opportunity to teach good hygiene practices. Wash hands, cover your cough, use clean utensils and tools ...Etc. ...Read more

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Can you catch pneumonia from driving a truck after someone else, it is a semi tractor with a sleeper bed in. ?

Can you catch pneumonia from driving a truck after someone else, it is a semi tractor with a sleeper bed in. ?

Not usually: Pneumonia is often caused by a bacterial infection. Although potentially serious, these are not usually very contagious. Viruses can also cause pneumonia and can be contagious, but typically these are not as serious. ...Read more