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Can bronchitis cause COVID-19 or make me more likely to get it?

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Bronchitis won't cause COVID-19 or raise your chances of getting it. But long-term (chronic) bronchitis makes you more likely to get very sick if you do catch COVID-19.

From: COVID-19 and Bronchitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Pneumonia Symptoms and Diagnosis.”

Cedars Sinai: “Bronchitis.”

CHEST Foundation: “Acute Bronchitis.”

Harvard Medical School: “Coronavirus Resource Center,” “Cracking the cough code.”

Loma Linda University Health: “Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).”

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis.”

Nature News: “Covert coronavirus infections could be seeding new outbreaks.”

New England Journal of Medicine Journal Watch: “COVID-19 Incubation Period: An Update.”

World Health Organization: “Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19).”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on March 23, 2020

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Pneumonia Symptoms and Diagnosis.”

Cedars Sinai: “Bronchitis.”

CHEST Foundation: “Acute Bronchitis.”

Harvard Medical School: “Coronavirus Resource Center,” “Cracking the cough code.”

Loma Linda University Health: “Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).”

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis.”

Nature News: “Covert coronavirus infections could be seeding new outbreaks.”

New England Journal of Medicine Journal Watch: “COVID-19 Incubation Period: An Update.”

World Health Organization: “Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19).”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on March 23, 2020

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