Major epidemics associated with overcrowding and inadequate storage or preparation of food and sanitary conditions once occurred without spreading globally due to the lack of international travel and interaction across continents. An example would be the interregional plague pandemics of the 6th, 14th, and later centuries; influenza pandemics beginning in the 9th century; and cholera pandemics in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. When pandemics transitioned to international types of exposure, they were due to the advent of rail and ship travel. Examples of these would have been the influenza outbreaks of 1889, 1918, and 1958. The next evolution was the influenza outbreak of 1968, which became the first pandemic spread by air travel. These events ushered in our modern epidemic scenarios, in which any disease occurring anywhere in the world can appear the next day in another country outside of its hemisphere. This type of situation is currently being played out as the coronavirus known as COVID-19 is creating an international pandemic as it has spread during the last months of 2019 and up to the current time of this article’s publication. COVID-19 (previously known as novel coronavirus [2019-nCoV]), first reported in Hunan Province, China, in November of 2019 has now been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization. It is important that all clinicians and radiologists become aware of the imaging spectrum of the disease and contribute to effective surveillance and response measures. This includes their role as consultants in advising clinicians on the appropriate use of chest radiography, computerized tomography, and lung ultrasound in the battle against this pandemic. It is important for radiologic technologists to provide the highest quality diagnostic studies in order for the subtle findings of COVID-19 to be interpreted by the radiologist. Additionally, strict infectious control protocols need to be put into place both for staff and equipment in order to prohibit additional contamination.
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