Pneumonia strikes again without regard to fame or fortune
If two jumbo jets crashed every week, killing some thousand people every week, the newspapers would be filled with analyses and thoughts of how to stop the carnage. But that is just how many people die of pneumonia, about 50,000 yearly, and for most people, it goes unnoticed. The recent illness of former President George H. W. Bush joins a long list of celebrities who have been afflicted with various types of pneumonias, with the possibility that chronic health conditions made him more susceptible to some forms of the disease.
Mr. Bush is just the latest high profile person to contract pneumonia. Recent news has highlighted others, discussed here on the blog, including Merle Haggard and Glenn Frey, as well perhaps, your friend, neighbor, or relative. Speak with your physician to see if you are at risk, and what you can do to lessen your odds of contracting this deadly disease.