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How is pneumonia transmitted?
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Brittany Chan
Pediatrics
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In brief: Respiratory droplets
Pneumonia is spread from person to person via respiratory droplets released when a person coughs, sneezes, laughs, or talks.
The bacteria can live in a person's throat without causing symptoms, so you can even get it from a person who doesn't look sick. Avoid the spread of germs by washing your hands regularly, covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and being cautious around sick people.

In brief: Respiratory droplets
Pneumonia is spread from person to person via respiratory droplets released when a person coughs, sneezes, laughs, or talks.
The bacteria can live in a person's throat without causing symptoms, so you can even get it from a person who doesn't look sick. Avoid the spread of germs by washing your hands regularly, covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and being cautious around sick people.
Brittany Chan
Brittany Chan
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Dr. Lokesh Guglani
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
In brief: Droplets
A person with pneumonia coughs frequently & generates aerosols of small droplets in the air around them. These droplets contain infectious organisms from their lung & can be inhaled by others in their immediate vicinity (<3feet).
People at extremes of age (young & old) are most susceptible. Therefore it is advised to cover your mouth & nose when coughing & avoid going to public places when sick.

In brief: Droplets
A person with pneumonia coughs frequently & generates aerosols of small droplets in the air around them. These droplets contain infectious organisms from their lung & can be inhaled by others in their immediate vicinity (<3feet).
People at extremes of age (young & old) are most susceptible. Therefore it is advised to cover your mouth & nose when coughing & avoid going to public places when sick.
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
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