Pope Francis Hospitalized For Respiratory Infection
Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, the bishop of Rome and sovereign of the Vatican City State has been diagnosed with respiratory infection and will need to spend a few days in hospital in Rome.
The Vatican says the 86-year-old had breathing difficulties in recent days, but does not have Covid and would need a few days of appropriate hospital medical therapy.
His closest staff, including security, are expected to stay the night at the Gemelli Hospital, according to a person with direct knowledge.
Pope Francis has previously indicated that he may also wish to follow in Benedict’s footsteps in the event that his health deteriorates.
The Vatican did not share any further details about the nature of the pontiff’s respiratory infection.
A respiratory tract infection (RTI) may affect any part of the body “involved in breathing, such as the sinuses, throat, airways or lungs,” according to the U.K. National Health Service.
RTIs can be caused by a virus or bacteria. Infections caused by a virus are often referred to as the “common cold” and can have symptoms including coughing, sneezing, a stuffy nose, a sore throat, head and body aches and fever, according to the NHS.
his type of infection typically improves without medical intervention after a few weeks.
Other types of RTIs, such as pneumonia, are caused by bacteria. A doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat this type of bacterial infection. Antibiotics will not help infections caused by a virus.
This hospitalization is the latest in a series of health issues the pope has experienced in recent years.
The Vatican initially said the Pope had gone to hospital for a previously scheduled check-up, but Italian media have questioned this account after a television interview was cancelled at short notice.
The Pope has used a wheelchair in recent months because of mobility problems related to his knee.
He also underwent surgery to treat a colon problem in 2021.