Viral Pneumonia (cont.)
Viral Pneumonia Prognosis
Most people get well quickly with no damage to the lungs. You are at a greater risk for developing complications if you are very old or very young, or if you have a weakened immune system or chronic heart or lung disease.
Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease
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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/6/2014
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