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
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