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What are the symptoms of viral pneumonia?

Viral pneumonia is pneumonia that develops as a result of a viral infection in the lungs. The symptoms of viral pneumonia are often similar to those of bacterial pneumonia, but, depending on the virus responsible, there may be a few additional symptoms. A wide range of viruses can cause viral pneumonia, including influenza and coronaviruses, such as SARS- CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. Coronaviruses, a large family of viruses that cause respiratory illness, can lead to viral pneumonia. They include SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. According to the WHO, most reported cases are relatively mild — 81% of people have illness that causes no complications, while 14% will develop serious illness and need oxygen therapy, and 5% will need treatment in an intensive care unit. Severe pneumonia is among the most common complications resulting from severe COVID-19. It may develop by the end of the first week of infection. Viral pneumonia usually goes away on its own. Therefore, treatment focuses on easing some of the symptoms. A person with viral pneumonia should get sufficient rest and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. A doctor may prescribe cough-relieving medication to help ease coughing. People should only take cough suppressant medicine if and when a doctor instructs them to because coughing helps clear the infection from the lungs. For those with thick lung mucus, a doctor may prescribe a cough expectorant. In some cases of viral pneumonia, a doctor may prescribe antiviral medication to reduce viral activity. This treatment tends to be most effective when the virus is in the early stage of infection.
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How COVID-19 affects women's sexual and reproductive health

The coronavirus pandemic has affected people differently based on their sex and gender. And, as we explained in our previous feature, gender has played an important part in the primary and secondary impacts of the current health emergency. Many have argued that there has been a power imbalance in the COVID-19 response, and that the insufficient number of female leaders places women at a disadvantage. A new order that took effect on April 22, 2020, has allowed abortion facilities in Texas to resume both medical and surgical abortions in return for preserving a certain number of beds for COVID-19 patients. Restricting access to abortions has already had immediate consequences on women physical and emotional well-being. Many now have to travel long distances to seek the care they need. In addition, women provide unseen and unpaid care in families, which contributes to this strain. According to a policy brief from the United Nations (UN), Before COVID-19 became a universal pandemic, women were doing three times as much unpaid care and domestic work as men.Additionally, most of the 60 million teachers who are now at home are also women, which compounds the childminding responsibilities that societies have traditionally placed on this gender. In this context, it is essential to remember that the strain on women well-being as a result of restricting their access to reproductive health services will likely compound the already existing pressures and expectations they face (Credits: www.medicalnewstoday.com)