The late Kim Porter’s friends and family are still mourning over the shocking news of her tragic and sudden death.
FYI: The 47-year-old mother of four isn’t the first celebrity to die of this common illness. Others such as Bernie Mac, Stan Lee, Miles Davis, James Brown, and even Harriet Tubman have died from pneumonia.
While some are using her death to advocate for the flu vaccine, others are confused on how people die from the common lung infection. So, why exactly do some people, especially those as young as Kim Porter, die from the flu-like illness, pneumonia? We found out.
Here’s everything you need to know about pneumonia:
According to Health.com, Pneumonia is a lung infection that is typically caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. It is typically spread during the same time as flu season when individuals are coughing, sneezing or touching not-so-clean surfaces.
According to Times Now, the symptoms are similar to the flu. Common symptoms include a cough, fever, headache, shortness of breath, chest pain, shaking chills, muscle pain, nausea and vomiting. According to the American Lung Association, pneumonia can even be spread by those showing no symptoms.
The healthier you are, the easier it is to fight off this deadly infection. Pneumonia is most deadly in infants, people over the age of 65, and people fighting serious diseases who may have weakened immune systems.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 million Americans are sent to the hospital with pneumonia every year and around 50,000 of those individuals die from the disease.
The best way to prevent pneumonia is to get your seasonal flu shots since the virus can lead to pneumonia. The best way to fight pneumonia is to immediately seek medical care if you begin showing symptoms. The ALA says that taking antibiotics and getting rest is the most crucial way to fully recover.
Other home remedies for those suffering from pneumonia include ginger, turmeric, or peppermint tea, as well as warm soup.