By Chelsea Harvey
Last weekend, bystanders watched as Hillary Clinton unsteadily left a Sept. 11 memorial service in New York City, stumbling as aides helped her into her waiting vehicle. Shortly thereafter, Clinton’s physician released a statement explaining that the Democratic presidential nominee had recently been diagnosed with pneumonia.
But it’s not just Clinton who’s been sick, subsequent reports suggest. People reported on Monday that multiple other members of her campaign team have also recently been struck with illnesses ranging from dehydration to respiratory infections.
The reason for the wave of sickness could be plain bad luck -- but it’s also not out of the question that lots of traveling and long hours had a little something to do with it.
“I would imagine that being chronically sleep deprived and overworked and stressed would lower anyone’s resistance to infection,” said Christopher Sanford, an associate professor of family medicine and global health at the University of Washington.