I had bacterial pneumonia at the age of 21 and I have to say it was the most physical suffering I’ve endured in my entire life. I was more or less bed ridden for three weeks, sick for 4 months total and lost 10 pounds, breathing and swallowing were painful, I was oxygen deprived to the point of being delirious and perhaps worst of all that awful musky smell and taste in my mouth that would not go away. A lot of people think of pneumonia as being no big deal, but truly I felt like I was dying and if my brother didn’t beg me to see the doctor I think I probably would have eventually suffocated as I was still hoping it would resolve on its own.
Are there any stats for what the mortality rate for a young otherwise healthy adult dying from pneumonia is? I know it often kills cancer/AIDS patients, old people and little kids but I haven’t heard of how commonly it kills young adults and middle aged people.