Patrick Reed is recovering at Houston Methodist Hospital after being diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia (double lung pneumonia), according to a report by Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis.
It is unknown if Reed contracted pneumonia through the COVID-19 virus, but double lung pneumonia is generally viral – not bacterial – and can be a serious side effect of a patient carrying a heavy COVID-19 viral load.
“Bacterial pneumonia more commonly involves one lung and viral often is a diffuse pattern in both lungs,” said Richard Watkins, M.D., an infectious disease physician and professor of internal medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University, in a post at WebMD.
“X-rays and CT scans in patients with COVID-19 usually show both lungs are involved.”
According to the statement which Lewis posted to Twitter, the 2018 Masters champion said he’s “on the road to recovery,” and looks forward to returning to action.
.@PReedGolf has been in a Houston area hospital since Friday morning after being diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia. Reed is improving and hopes to be released soon. He will not play the @BMWchamps this week. Below is a statement from Patrick Reed. More details on @GolfCentral. pic.twitter.com/AXXdH5har2
— Todd Lewis (@ToddLewisGC) August 23, 2021
Reed withdrew late from the Wyndham Championship, citing an ankle injury, and then missed last week’s Northern Trust – the opening leg of the PGA Tour’s playoffs. He will also miss this week’s BMW Championship, which gets underway on Thursday.