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Oprah Winfrey Opens Up About Her Battle With Pneumonia

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Oprah Winfrey has revealed she was forced to cancel all work after being diagnosed with a “very serious” case of pneumonia.

On Monday, the chat show host opened up on her recent illness during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.


The 65-year-old talk show host explained that she thought she was suffering from a common cold following a trip overseas. However, after being admitted to the emergency room, doctors confirmed it was not what she expected, it is rather a case of pneumonia.

Oprah Winfrey says  “Pneumonia is nothing to play with, y’all,” Winfrey told the audience.

“It is very serious. I was on antibiotics for a week and the antibiotics weren't working. And then I go back for another CT scan and they go, 'It's actually worse. You should see a lung specialist.''

She further added that while she typically continues to work when she's unwell, the doctor told her she "must cancel everything" and abstain from flying for a month.

The TV star added that the ordeal has "changed" the way she looks at her health and wellness and advised the viewers to care more about their health.

“Don't play with it. Get your flu shots and get your pneumonia shots. It's nothing to play with,”

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