Patrick Reed Recovering in Houston Hospital From Double Lung Pneumonia

Patrick Reed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Patrick Reed of Team USA talks with caddie and swing coach Kevin Kirk during round one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kasumigaseki CC on July 29, 2021 in Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann via Getty Images)

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.

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.


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