Published: 28 June 2020
Author(s): Roberto Copetti, Giulia Amore, Carmine Cristiano Di Gioia, Daniele Orso
Section: Letter to the Editor

The SARS-CoV-2 epidemic, which has spread to many countries around the world, has hit Europe particularly hard. From our point of view, in a rural emergency department (with an annual patient census of around 25,000) in northeastern Italy, it is necessary to preserve the hospital and prevent it from becoming an outbreak of infection. In our experience, we reevaluated the negative predictive value of lung ultrasound to rule out lung involvement. Since severe acute respiratory failure appears to be the leading cause of death for COVID-19 patients, it is essential to focus on this clinical feature.


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