World Pneumonia Day 2020

November 12 is World Pneumonia Day. Each year, this day is set aside to raise awareness about pneumonia—an infectious disease that claimed the lives of 2.5 million adults and children in 2019. This year, it has been projected that the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting disruptions to routine healthcare services around the world could add a staggering 1.9 million to this annual death toll.1

Keep reading to learn more about what pneumonia is, how infections can be prevented and treated, and why a syndromic approach to pneumonia diagnosis is more important and relevant than ever.