It was the first day after the San Francisco Bay Area declared that residents shelter in place, and I was getting ready to see patients. I generally dress in a dry-cleaned shirt, slacks, and a tie. I’m a pediatrician and feel parents deserve to see a physician in professional attire for all the money they pay for healthcare. Shelter in place, however, meant dry cleaning services might be closed for a long while. So I opted instead for jeans and a sweater—easy to wash and dry at home. Inside my car, I felt uncertain. I was a team leader in my medical group’s response to the pandemic, but I wasn’t sure what awaited me.
Discussing the importance of virtual care and telehealth services, including teleradiology, is nothing new. Previously, many of these conversations fell into the bucket of “want to have” rather than “need to have,” especially, for those of us fortunate to have top-tier medical facilities nearby. Today, as COVID-19 changes the way many of us think about daily life, the ability to access a medical professional or service virtually suddenly seems quite urgent. Traditional concepts of geography (which often affected patients in rural areas the most) may now apply to as short of a distance as one subway ride.
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The outbreak is due to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection (1). Approximately 81,000 patients have been infected in China (2). Although infection rates are said to be controlled in China through severe public health measures, Italy (more than 10,000 cases) and Iran (more than 8000 cases) have seen exponential increases in the number of infected individuals.
Enlisting Telehealth May Help Patients Concerned About COVID-19 While Protecting the Public—and Your Team
With public fears over COVID-19 at a high pitch, emergency rooms and urgent care centers are being taxed to keep up with demand for immediate attention and care. They’re also learning on the fly how to mitigate risk for infecting other patients, and the staff themselves.
Findings from CT scans provide new insight that could lead to quicker diagnosis.
An overview of how radiologists are using CT evidence to help diagnose the virus, as well as steps being taken by the FDA and CDC to expedite accurate testing.
Chinese doctors released chest scans of a 33-year-old coronavirus patient that show what the illness looks like in her lungs
A coronavirus outbreak that started in China has killed 494 people and infected more than 24,000. Researchers at a hospital in Lanzhou released CT scans of a 33-year-old coronavirus patient that offer new clues about the nature of the virus. But the researchers found that in other patients, the virus didn't show up on scans right away.