Published: 12 May 2020
Author(s): Marcello Covino, Andrea Piccioni, Nicola Bonadia, Graziano Onder, Luca Sabia, Luigi Carbone, Marcello Candelli, Veronica Ojetti, Rita Murri, Francesco Franceschi
Section: Original article

Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a frequent cause of morbidity in the adult population, with a mortality rate reaching 20% of hospitalized patients [1]. A diagnosis of CAP is given to 5-12% of adults with symptoms of lower respiratory tract infections presenting to general practice clinics [[2],[3]]; of these, 22-42% are subsequently admitted to hospital [[3],[4]].

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