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- Coughing, sometimes with green or blood tinged mucus
- Feeling short of breath
- Increasing chest pain when you cough or breathe in.
M. pneumoniae is spread through respiratory droplets; that means you spread it every time you sneeze, cough, drip, or exhale.
The best protection against pneumonia is prevention. Avoid getting sick during finals week and protect yourself by doing the following:
Wash your hands
With soap and warm water several times each day. Hand sanitizer is great but it’s no substitute. Washing your hands is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of illness.
Aim for the elbow zone
Feeling a sneeze or cough coming on? Cover your mouth and/or nose ALWAYS. If a tissue isn’t available, go for your elbow, not your hands. Wash your hands afterwards.
STAY HOME IF YOU’RE SICK
It may be finals week, but stay out of the library and class if you’re sick. Nobody wants what you’re spreading and your friends, classmates and professors will thank you.
Unfortunately there is no vaccine to prevent this type of pneumonia.
I think I have pneumonia, now what?
If you suspect you have pneumonia, take your temperature first. If you have a fever that’s over 100, feel short of breath, or have chest pain, make an appointment to get seen at UHS as soon as possible.