“Why Does It Take So Long to Recover from Pneumonia?”

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The Story

“Why Does It Take So Long to Recover from Pneumonia?”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/why-does-it-take-so-long-to-recover-from-pneumonia/2016/12/30/cc4f9ca6-b5ad-11e6-b8df-600bd9d38a02_story.html?utm_term=.92a1d2898026
by Jill U. Adams
Washington Post, January 2, 2017

The Pitch

[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?

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