Hillary Clinton had a bit of a health scare recently, as she was diagnosed with pneumonia on Sept. 9. Curious about the illness that overcame the presidential candidate? Dr. Robert J Bos gave HollywoodLife.com some details about pneumonia and whether Hillary’s health is okay — find out the facts right here!
1. Pneumonia can be life threatening, but it doesn’t seem to be in Hillary’s case.
Although Dr. Robert J Bos of BosMd.com doesn’t have specific details on the type of pneumonia Hillary has, he told us EXCLUSIVELY that it’s most likely community acquired pneumonia (CAP), which is the most common type of the illness. Because Hillary, 68, and her doctor announced that she’s already on the road to recovery after getting some antibiotics for her sickness, Dr. Bos said Hillary’s case of pneumonia probably wasn’t that severe.
2. It’s a community-spread bacterial virus.
Dr. Bos explained that you can get pneumonia from being in “situations of exhaustion.” In these cases, the immune system can’t process the germs to which it’s been exposed to, whether it was from a handshake, a kiss, or simply being around someone who has the illness. The doctor said that a person’s body can usually resist the bugs and viruses associated with pneumonia, but it’s easier for people with an exhausting schedule like Hillary’s to get pneumonia. “Imagine her life, the campaign trail must be pretty exhausting, which makes her pretty susceptible,” says Dr. Bos.
3. One of the symptoms of pneumonia is fever, which could have played into Hillary’s near collapse at the 9/11 memorial ceremony.
Hillary left a September 11 memorial service early because she became “overheated,” according to her campaign team. Dr. Bos said that could have been a result of the fever that comes with pneumonia. Other symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Watch the scary video of her near collapse below:
Hillary Clinton 9/11 NYC pic.twitter.com/q9YnsjTxss
— Zdenek Gazda (@zgazda66) September 11, 2016
4. Pneumonia is contagious, but Hillary wouldn’t be anymore.
Pneumonia sufferers are contagious for the first 24 to 48 hours after contracting it, Dr. Bos told us. Luckily, antibiotics — the typical form of treatment for pneumonia — stop contagiousness. So because Hillary was diagnosed on Sept. 9, and likely was already suffering from it for a couple of days, she’s likely not going to spread it to anyone else.
5. Community acquired pneumonia doesn’t last long.
Mild cases of pneumonia are typically treated in a matter of days with the help of antibiotics, so the fact that Hillary has this illness won’t hurt her presidential campaign. “It’s something very ordinary and common and should be cured with a simple antibiotic,” Dr. Bos said. “Then she’ll be back to good health.” Therefore, contracting pneumonia won’t make her unfit to be president.
HollywoodLifers, send Hillary get well messages as she rests and treats her pneumonia.