2. Legionnaires’ disease
Another infection that involves your lungs is Legionnaires’ disease. The name comes from the bacteria that causes it, namely Legionella. If someone has it, don’t worry, you won’t get infected.
Most people are diagnosed with this lung infection because they have drunk contaminated water. It’s true, older adults are particularly more prone to develop Legionnaires’ disease, but this is due to a weakened immune system, which is a common health issue among the elderly.
Transmission occurs only when an individual inhales water droplets or mist that have Legionella. From faucets and whirlpools to showers and ventilation systems, almost everything can increase the exposure. But, as we said before, not all of us are susceptible to contract the bacteria.
A weakened immune system increases the chances of getting Legionella, as well as a chronic illness.