COVID-19 Pharmacological Management
Empiric Antibiotics

Empiric Antibiotics


Consider empiric antibiotics for bacterial pneumonia. See "Treatment for CAP" below.

Consider empiric antibiotics to treat all likely pathogens and sepsis as soon as possible, within 1 hour of initial patient assessment for patients with sepsis/septic shock

Treatment for CAP

Duration of Therapy and De-escalation

Stop antibiotics if pneumonia is due to COVID-19 and there is no evidence of bacterial infection

De-escalation of empiric therapy based on microbiology results and clinical judgment should be considered within 48 hours of initiation of treatment