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What Is Coronavirus Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is a common ailment that many Americans have experienced or will experience at some point in their lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pneumonia sends more than 250,000 people to the hospital each year and kills about 50,000 people in a typical year.

Clearly, pneumonia can be a serious problem. But this year, amid the coronavirus pandemic, pneumonia has become an even greater concern because it’s a common and potentially deadly complication of infection with the novel coronavirus that leads to COVID-19.

[Read: Types of Respiratory Viral Infections.]

What Is Pneumonia?

Dr. Jonathan Parsons, associate director of clinical services in the division of pulmonary, allergy, critical care and sleep medicine and director of the asthma center at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, explains that the term pneumonia means “inflammation of the airway cells. It can be caused by a bunch of different

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Broadway star Nick Cordero is in intensive care with pneumonia after a potential misdiagnosis

Broadway star Nick Cordero is in intensive care with pneumonia after a potential misdiagnosis

Broadway star Nick Cordero is unconscious in intensive care with pneumonia with his family fearing that he has coronavirus.

The 41-year-old Waitress musical actor was hospitalised last week with suspected pneumonia, but his wife Amanda Kloots fears he was misdiagnosed.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday (31 March), Amanda shared the news that Nick was “in the ICU and now unconscious” while they wait to find out if Cordero will test positive for COVID-19.

“Nick has been sick for awhile with what we were told last week was pneumonia. Unfortunately, we think he was misdiagnosed and we are waiting to hear if this is in fact COVID.

Sharing a black and white photo of her husband and their nine-month-old son, Elvis Eduardo, Kloots wrote: ”He is scared, in the ICU and now unconscious so his body can get enough oxygen. We are all trying to stay positive and strong knowing

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COVID-19 lung patterns show few clues for treating pneumonia

COVID-19 lung patterns show few clues for treating pneumonia

Shown is a CT scan from a 65-year-old man in China with COVID-19. Pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus can show up as distinctive hazy patches on the outer edges of the lungs, indicated by arrows. <span class="copyright">(Mount Sinai Hospital via Associated Press)</span>
Shown is a CT scan from a 65-year-old man in China with COVID-19. Pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus can show up as distinctive hazy patches on the outer edges of the lungs, indicated by arrows. (Mount Sinai Hospital via Associated Press)

Scans of the lungs of the sickest COVID-19 patients show distinctive patterns of infection, but so far those clues are offering little help in predicting which patients will pull through.

For now, doctors are relying on what’s called supportive care, which is standard for treating patients with severe pneumonia.

Doctors in areas still bracing for an onslaught of sick patients are scouring medical reports and hosting webinars with Chinese doctors to get the best advice on what has and hasn’t worked.

One thing that’s clear around the globe: Age makes a huge difference in survival. And one reason is that seniors’ lungs don’t have as much of what

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Understanding Pneumonia, a Dangerous Coronavirus Complication

Understanding Pneumonia, a Dangerous Coronavirus Complication

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Scientists—and the rest of us—are learning more each day about COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus that’s been spreading across the globe. 

For those who come down with COVID-19, developing pneumonia is a common complication.

“Pneumonia is essentially an infection of the lungs,” says Nikita Desai, M.D., a pulmonary and critical care physician at Cleveland Clinic. Symptoms can include cough, shortness of breath, fever, malaise, chest pain, and the production of sputum, or phlegm.

Pneumonia is sometimes on the milder side—meaning that you can still go about at least some of your daily activities, even though you may feel quite sick. This is sometimes called walking pneumonia, because you can walk around, Desai says. 

In many instances, however, pneumonia is severe, sending people to the hospital, requiring the use of a ventilator, or even leading to death.

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