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What does a whooping cough actually sound like?

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In brief: "Paroxysmal":

Very rapid cough-cough-cough-cough-cough [many many times without taking a breath] - then, running out of air, a huge gasping intake of breath that sounds like a "whoop" (hence the name).
Then, almost instantly, starting over.

In brief: "Paroxysmal":

Very rapid cough-cough-cough-cough-cough [many many times without taking a breath] - then, running out of air, a huge gasping intake of breath that sounds like a "whoop" (hence the name).
Then, almost instantly, starting over.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: A seal barking

The whoop of whooping cough is caused by a rapid rush of air into a flexable baby windpipe.
The closest sound in nature is a seal barking, which is produced as they force air out and vibrate their windpipe.

In brief: A seal barking

The whoop of whooping cough is caused by a rapid rush of air into a flexable baby windpipe.
The closest sound in nature is a seal barking, which is produced as they force air out and vibrate their windpipe.
Dr. James Ferguson
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