1. NICE guideline [NG173]: COVID-19 rapid guideline: antibiotics for pneumonia in adults in hospital – www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng173
2. Langford, B. et. al; Clinical Microbiology and Infection, article in press: https://www.clinicalmicrobiologyandinfection.com/article/S1198-743X(20)30423-7/fulltext
As COVID-19 is caused by a virus, antibiotics are ineffective unless there is a bacterial infection1.
Bacteria-based diseases like Legionella and S. pneumoniae present symptoms that can be similar to those from COVID-191, but the treatments are very different. A simultaneous use of COVID-19 as well as other tests should be considered to ensure correct treatment.
A rapid option is Immuview® S. pneumoniae & Legionella Urinary Antigen Test, as it allows professionals to quickly determine an appropriate course of action.