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How do I care for someone with a viral lung infection?

Caring for someone with a viral lung infection can be difficult, as you must be careful that you don't become infected. Help people with viral lung infections stay comfortable and rest by helping to reduce their fever, if it causing discomfort. (Children with a fever over 104 F, or 100.4 F in a child under 3 months, should see a doctor.) If you have a child or infant who is coughing up mucus, make sure that child is able to expel the mucus without choking. If the person you are caring for struggles to breathe, take that person to the hospital. However, you must try not to get too close to the person you are caring for so that you will stay healthy.

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