40-year-old airplane pilot is hospitalized with shortness of breath

40-year-old airplane pilot is hospitalized with shortness of breath.

He experienced fever, chills, and myalgias for several days prior to his

breathing problems. He has returned from the Far East, where he visited

Singapore and Hong Kong. He is found to be hypoxic, and chest x-ray

shows diffuse opacification of both lung fields. Sputum and blood cultures

are negative. Rapid testing for influenza A and B are also negative. Which

of the following is the most important next step in management?

  • a. Begin treatment with amantadine
  • b. Respiratory isolation for coronavirus infection
  • c. Treatment for acute bacterial pneumonia
  • d. High resolution CT scan
  • e. Obtain ventilation-perfusion scan

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