Pope Francis is scheduled to be released from Rome’s Gemelli Hospital on Saturday, following successful treatment for viral bronchitis. The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, announced that the Pope is expected to attend the Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Square.
During his stay at the hospital, the Pope’s health significantly improved due to the administration of antibiotic therapy.
On Friday, Pope Francis spent time with children receiving treatment at the hospital’s pediatric oncology ward. He brought them rosaries, chocolate Easter eggs, and copies of an Italian children’s book about Jesus. Additionally, he baptized a little boy named Miguel Angel, encouraging the baby’s mother to inform their parish about the special baptism.
The Holy Father enjoyed dinner with doctors, nurses, assistants, and staff of the Gendarmerie who assisted him during his hospital stay. He continued to work, read newspapers, and pray while recovering. As long as the results of his last examinations are satisfactory, Pope Francis will return to the Santa Marta home on Saturday.
In a series of statements, Bruni provided updates on the Pope’s condition, stating that he was resting well and that his clinical picture was improving. Doctors at Gemelli Hospital diagnosed him with viral bronchitis requiring antibiotic therapy administered by infusion. This treatment resulted in a marked improvement in his health, with the expectation that he could be discharged within a few days.
Viral bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which are the airways that carry air to and from the lungs. It is usually caused by a viral infection, such as the common cold or flu virus. Viral bronchitis often presents with symptoms like coughing, mucus production, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, and fatigue.
Management of viral bronchitis typically focuses on alleviating symptoms and providing supportive care. Some recommended treatments and self-care measures include:
– Rest: It is essential to give your body enough time to recover from the infection.
– Fluids: Drinking plenty of fluids, such as water and herbal tea, can help thin mucus and soothe the throat.
– Over-the-counter medications: Pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help alleviate fever and body aches. Cough suppressants or expectorants may also be used to manage cough symptoms.
– Humidifiers: Using a humidifier can add moisture to the air, which may help ease coughing and breathing difficulties.
– Warm compresses: Applying warm compresses to the chest can help alleviate chest discomfort.
Prevention of viral bronchitis primarily involves reducing the risk of exposure to viruses and maintaining good overall health. Some preventive measures include:
– Frequent handwashing: Washing your hands regularly with soap and water can help reduce the risk of contracting or spreading viruses.
– Vaccination: Getting vaccinated for the flu and other respiratory viruses can help decrease the risk of developing bronchitis.
– Avoid close contact with sick individuals: Stay away from people who are sick with respiratory infections to minimize the chance of catching the virus.
– Strengthen your immune system: Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and managing stress can help maintain a healthy immune system.
– Practice good respiratory hygiene: Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and dispose of used tissues properly.
By following these recommendations, you can reduce your risk of contracting viral bronchitis and help manage the symptoms if you do become infected.