Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Did Hillary Put People at Risk with Contagious Pneumonia?

After fainting at the 9/11 Ceremony last Sunday, we were told that Hillary Clinton became overheated.  Later that day, her doctor said that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia the Friday before; and that she was being treated with antibiotics.  The "antibiotics" statement is important in determining what type of pneumonia she has: either bacterial or viral.  If she had viral pneumonia, she wouldn't normally be treated with antibiotics.  Instead, she would be given a viral suppression drug such as Tamiflu.  The fact that she was treated with antibiotics probably points to her having bacterial pneumonia.

If she does have bacterial pneumonia, it is hard to believe she is out-and-about.  First, because of symptoms:
  • a cough with thick yellow, green, or blood-tinged mucus
  • chest pain that worsens when coughing or breathing
  • sudden onset of chills
  • fever of 102°F or above (fever lower than 102°F in older persons)
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • breathlessness or rapid breathing
  • lethargy or severe fatigue
  • moist, pale skin
  • confusion, especially among older persons
  • loss of appetite
In my opinion, any combination of these symptoms would keep anyone in bed. But, on the day that she fainted, she had been walking around, laughing, mingling, and hugging dozens of dignitaries at the 9/11 Ceremony.

Then, more importantly, this is how the disease is transmitted from person-to-person:
Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) occurs when you get an infection after exposure to bacterial agents outside of a healthcare setting. This is the most common type of bacterial pneumonia. You can get CAP by breathing in respiratory droplets from coughs or sneezes or by skin-to-skin contact.
I can't imagine that Clinton's doctor didn't discuss the kind of risk that she would pose by being in public.  Especially, when the contagious stage of the disease can last several days to a week. I don't think Friday to Sunday qualifies as several days. Just a cough or skin contact could transmit the disease to someone else.  That's why I am inclined not to believe this pneumonia story.  Things just don't add up.  If she knew she had pneumonia, why the initial "overheated" story?  Is this all an attempt to hide a more serious condition?

References:

Doctor: Hillary Clinton Diagnosed With Pneumonia, On Antibiotics: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/09/11/clinton-leaves-911-ceremony/

Symptoms, Treatment and Transmission of Bacterial Pneumonia: http://www.healthline.com/health/bacterial-pneumonia#Overview1

Symptoms, Treatment and Transmission of Viral Pneumonia: http://www.webmd.com/lung/viral-pneumonia-lung-infection#5

WebMD: How Long is Pneumonia Contagious? How long you are contagious depends on what is causing the pneumonia and whether you get treatment. You may be contagious for several days to a week: http://www.webmd.com/lung/tc/pneumonia-what-happens

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