The year 2020 has been a challenging one to say the least, with COVID virtually upending the way we live. With winter approaching, pneumonia will be on the rise and coupled with COVID, will make respiratory infection more of a threat than ever.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can progress through the respiratory tract and into the lungs. This causes inflammation, and the air sacs can fill with fluid and pus. This progression then limits a person’s ability to take in oxygen. People with severe cases of pneumonia may have lungs that are so inflamed they cannot take in enough oxygen or expel enough carbon dioxide.
The most common diagnosis for COVID-19 is severe pneumonia. For people who do develop symptoms in the lungs, COVID-19 may be life threatening. This is particularly true for those over 65, and for adults with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and asthma and other breathing disorders
Dedicated to your respiratory health
At North Jersey Pulmonary Associates, we want to help in any way we can to protect the health and welfare of your family. If you are experiencing respiratory difficulties, contact our office immediately. If your problem is severe, go to your nearest Emergency Room for evaluation. For more information on our services, give us a call today at 973-987-6771
By North Jersey Pulmonary Associates
September 24, 2020