“Why Does It Take So Long to Recover from Pneumonia?”
by Jill U. Adams
Washington Post, January 2, 2017
[Adams notes: This pitch is for a health column to which I regularly contribute.]
Why does it take so long to recover from pneumonia?
I wasn’t so sick that I was hospitalized. I barely had a cough or a fever. But I had breathlessness that was very uncomfortable and often kept me from sleeping. After a week of antibiotics, the bacteria that caused this should be dead. Why does it take two months to get one’s breath back? What is actually happening in the lung?