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The outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) pneumonia was reported in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019 and has spread internationally. This article discusses how radiology departments can most effectively respond to this public health emergency.

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On January 31, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a new coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China as a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).” On February 13, 2020, the World Health Organization officially named the 2019-nCoV as Corona Virus Disease-2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The virus spread rapidly in various cities and provinces in China. On February 13, 2020, the Chinese government officially announced that 59,901 patients were diagnosed with the new coronavirus-infected pneumonia, killing 1368 people, on February 22, 2020, the Chinese government officially announced that 76,003 patients were diagnosed with the new coronavirus-infected pneumonia, killing 2,239 people, and putting hundreds of thousands of people were under quarantine observation. The 2019-nCoV belongs to the same coronavirus group as the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) viruses that caused two of the more severe epidemics in recent years. As with SARS and MERS, this new coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, is believed to be of zoonotic origin, but may also be transmitted through the respiratory tract, by direct contact and possibly via patients' excreta which may contain the living virus. Thus, 2019-nCoV has created enormous challenges for medical institutions in China. This article discusses how radiology departments can most effectively respond to this public health emergency.

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On January 31, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a new coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China as a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).” On February 13, 2020, the World Health Organization officially named the 2019-nCoV as Corona Virus Disease-2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The virus spread rapidly in various cities and provinces in China. On February 13, 2020, the Chinese government officially announced that 59,901 patients were diagnosed with the new coronavirus-infected pneumonia, killing 1368 people, on February 22, 2020, the Chinese government officially announced that 76,003 patients were diagnosed with the new coronavirus-infected pneumonia, killing 2,239 people, and putting hundreds of thousands of people were under quarantine observation. The 2019-nCoV belongs to the same coronavirus group as the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) viruses that caused two of the more severe epidemics in recent years. As with SARS and MERS, this new coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, is believed to be of zoonotic origin, but may also be transmitted through the respiratory tract, by direct contact and possibly via patients' excreta which may contain the living virus. Thus, 2019-nCoV has created enormous challenges for medical institutions in China. This article discusses how radiology departments can most effectively respond to this public health emergency.

Hanwen Zhang
The First Affiliated Hospital of Shenzhen University, Health Science Center, Shenzhen Second People's Hospital,

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This page is a summary of: Corona Virus International Public Health Emergencies: Implications for Radiology Management, Academic Radiology, February 2020, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.acra.2020.02.003.
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