Most people who catch the coronavirus have a mild or moderate reaction, especially with the protection provided by Covid vaccines and boosters. However, hospital admissions are on the increase. The latest government data showed there had been 1,055 hospital admissions on November 2; this is a three percent increase from the previous week. People with coronavirus should always be wary of health complications, such as pneumonia.
Pneumonia causes the air sacs in the lungs to fill with fluid and pus, and eventually it can become more difficult to breathe.
If your Covid infection starts causing pneumonia, you may notice that you have a rapid heartbeat, WebMD noted.
Another possible indication of the complication of Covid is shortness of breath or shortness of breath.
Viral infection can also lead to bouts of rapid breathing, dizziness, and profuse sweating.
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Five signs of pneumonia
- Rapid heartbeat
- Shortness of breath or shortness of breath
- Rapid breathing
- Profuse sweating.
According to the health site, around 15% of Covid cases are severe, with around 5% requiring a ventilator to help them breathe.
The coronavirus can cause “severe inflammation” in the lungs because it damages the cells and tissues that line the air sacs.
“These bags are where the oxygen you breathe is processed and delivered to your blood,” added WebMD.
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“The damage causes tissue to rupture and your lungs to clog. The walls of the sacs can thicken, making it very difficult to breathe.”
Pneumonia may require hospitalization so that the patient can be treated with oxygen and intravenous fluids to prevent dehydration.
The NHS has listed additional symptoms to watch out for, including:
- A cough
- High temperature
- Generally feel bad
- Loss of appetite
- Chest pain, which gets worse when coughing or breathing.
In addition, the cough may be dry or produce thick mucus that is yellow, green, brown, or bloodstained.
Less common symptoms can include:
- Cough blood
- Feel sick or be sick
- Joint and muscle pain
Feeling confused and disoriented, especially in the elderly.
The NHS advises anyone concerned that their Covid infection is turning into pneumonia to use the NHS 111 free online service.
“Only call 111 if you can’t get help online or if you need help with a child under five,” the NHS said.
However, it is time to call 999 for an ambulance if any of the following apply to you or someone you can see, for example:
- Struggling to breathe
- Cough blood
- Have blue lips or a blue face
- Sensation of cold and sweating, pale or mottled skin
- Having a rash that doesn’t go away when you roll a drink over it
- Collapse or pass out
- Becoming confused or very drowsy
- You’ve stopped peeing, or you’re peeing a lot less than usual.
“Pneumonia can be difficult to diagnose because it shares many symptoms with other conditions, such as the common cold, bronchitis and asthma,” the NHS added.
A healthcare professional can discuss your symptoms and perform many tests to make a diagnosis of pneumonia.
Mild pneumonia can be treated at home with plenty of rest and drinking plenty of fluids.
“If you don’t have other health issues you should respond well to treatment and get well quickly,” the NHS said.