Is Walking Pneumonia Contagious?

Why Do Some People Get Walking Pneumonia and Others Don't?

While the body has an advanced system for getting rid of potentially harmful substances that make their way into the lungs, it is not perfect. In some cases, so many bacteria or viruses get into the lungs that it just overwhelms the defense systems.
In other cases, certain diseases may make the immune system unable to function as well as normal. This can be from chronic diseases, like diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or diseases that affect the immune system, such as HIV or AIDS. Other times, the particular bacteria or viruses are just so potent that the body can't handle them.
With any of these situations, a person is more at risk for developing pneumonia.
(Click Pneumonia Risk Factors to learn about other things that increase a person's chances of getting pneumonia.)

What Can I Do to Limit My Chances of Getting Sick?

People can limit their chances of getting sick by practicing good prevention. This includes:
  • Washing your hands regularly
  • Keeping your hands away from your nose, mouth, and eyes
  • Limiting exposure to infected people
  • Not sharing glasses, eating utensils, or other items that are easily contaminated.
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