COVID-19 Evaluation by Low-Dose High Resolution CT Scans Protocol

Published:April 17, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2020.04.016
      The December 2019 pneumonia of unknown origin outbreak in Wuhan, China, rapidly spread to all edge of the world; The responsible pathogen identified as the novel corona virus (2019), and the related pulmonary syndrome was named corona virus disease 2019 ( COVID-19) by the World Health Organization (
      • Chen N.
      • Zhou M.
      • Dong X.
      • et al.
      Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of 99 cases of 2019 novel coronavirus pneumonia in Wuhan, China: a descriptive study.
      ,
      • Zu Z.Y.
      • Jiang M.D.
      • Xu P.P.
      • et al.
      Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): a perspective from China.
      ). Typical presenting clinical manifestations are cough and fever in addition to other nonspecific symptoms including, dyspnea, fatigue, headache, and muscle soreness (
      • Wu Z.
      • McGoogan J.M.
      Characteristics of and important lessons from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in China: summary of a report of 72 314 cases from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
      ). To date, (April 8th, 2020), confirmed cases passed 1.2 million people globally (
      • Wang W.
      • Tang J.
      • Wei F.
      Updated understanding of the out- break of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, China.
      ). Without any specific vaccines and/or treatment available, it is important to isolate infected patients. Social distancing is the most crucial strategy to save lives.
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