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Pain when breathing, high fever and shortness of breath are signs of worsening of the flu, says doctor

Pain when breathing, high fever and shortness of breath are signs of worsening of the flu, says doctor

Jorge Kalil, immunologist and professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo (FMUSP), said this Thursday (23), in an interview with CNN, that pain in the lungs when breathing, fever and shortness of breath can be signs of a worsening of the flu and an evolution to pneumonia.

“Lung pain when breathing, lung fever and shortness of breath. You really have to look for care so that if it is pneumonia to take the necessary measures immediately”, declared Kalil.

The normal symptoms of the flu “are a lot of headache, fever, general prostration, feeling very fatigued, may have cough and runny nose. But this great malaise and fever are the main symptoms. These are not specific symptoms, but the severity they appear,” he continued.

The increase in cases during the month of December in the country is an unusual phenomenon, which may be associated with the low vaccine coverage against the flu, the relaxation of the restriction measures adopted to prevent Covid-19 and the relaxation of the respiratory label, which includes the use of masks, hand hygiene and social distancing.

(*With information from Lucas Rocha, from CNN)

Reference: CNN Brasil