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Why COVID-19 Pneumonia Lasts Longer, Causes More Damage

Bacteria or viruses like influenza that cause pneumonia can spread across large regions of the lung within hours. In the modern intensive care unit, these bacteria or viruses are usually controlled either by antibiotics or by the body’s immune system within the first few days of the illness. But in a study published in Nature, Northwestern Medicine investigators have shown how COVID-19 pneumonia is different.