I live in Belgium, Europe
I know pneumonia is common, but it's not like I often meet people who have/had it. I meet a lot of people in my store and sometimes a year goes by
before I hear about it again.
But in the last 3 months, 4 people in my direct environment had pneumonia and my customers don't seem to talk about anything else. Everyone knows
someone who has it, hospitalized or not.
My colleagues daughter had it last week and she couldn't even be committed to a hospital because they where full, most pneumonia cases: children and
elderly persons (our news did a short story on this last week) and it's country-wide, not local
My husband suddenly developed a high fever last night that we couldn't bring down (still can't) and his lungs started to hurt, even when he didn't
cough. He went to the doctor this morning and he said it was pneumonia and gave him antibiotics.
24 hours went by and now my lungs are starting to hurt as well, pretty bad actually and I didn't even have a cough or a cold or the flu in the last 6
months. Neither did my husband. Since an hour ago my own daughter started to feel sick as well. It's back to the doc for us in the morning.
two days ago we where all perfectly fine, not one cough or sneeze!
We really do see an increase in pneumonia cases around here which makes no sense to me.
Now I didn't have a medical education and everything I think I know I've learned from the Internet, so what I'm about to write next might as well
be very wrong so pls correct me:
If my doc prescribes antibiotics, he must suspect a bacterial infection, because antibiotics don't kill viruses.
Most of the bacteria that cause pneumonia are 'home' in our upper lungs and they only cause an infection after or together with a bad flu or
Pneumonia itself is not contagious.
so how can there be such a big increase in cases all of a sudden?
I'm making this thread to see if the same thing is going on in other places? And if maybe someone with a medical background can shed a light on this