Why Do We Still Get Pandemic Pneumonia?
Dissemination reports of pneumonic infection (pneumonia) have increased significantly over the past year, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Pneumonic infections have increased by more than 2,000 cases and 3,300 deaths over the previous two years.
While some studies have suggested the rise in pneumonic infections may be due to the pandemic, other studies have found no connection between the pandemics outbreaks and increases in pandemic pneumonic cases.
“There is no correlation between the emergence of pandemic pandemic cases and increased pneumonic transmission,” Dr. Jonathan P. Haidt, the chief epidemiologist at the CDC and the lead author of the new report, said in a statement.
“We see no link between the introduction of pandememic pandemias and increasing transmission.”
Pandemic outbreaks that spread to humans are more difficult to track, as the disease is typically transmitted through aerosols from the air or by direct contact with the patient or an infected animal.
While there is no evidence that aerosols are the primary source of infection for pandemic infections, there is some evidence that humans may transmit pandemic disease through inhalation of contaminated aerosols.
In March, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the Johns Hopkins University reported that the first case of pandemia was diagnosed in the United States through the inhalation or ingestion of aerosols of a coronavirus strain known as C5N2.
While these researchers did not report how the person contracted the disease, they noted that the case had no history of lung cancer, and the person did not have other respiratory symptoms or signs of pneumonia.
Although the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Public Health (CDC) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have identified a number of novel coronaviruses, most are still unknown and cannot be definitively linked to pandemic-related pandemic infection.
In addition, the NIAID has not found a link between coronaviral infections and pandemic symptoms.
“It’s really hard to say what is causing these new pandemic outbreaks,” Dr P. William Schaffner, an infectious diseases specialist at the University College London and one of the study authors, told CNN.
“This could be anything from COVID-19 [a new coronavid strain that can be transmitted through the air], to influenza virus infections or something else.”
The study was published in the journal Nature Communications.
Source National Review article The following article originally appeared on National Review: Are We Getting Pneumons?
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