If confirmed, this is evidence that the virus was spreading in Europe two months before France declared its first cases on January 24 and well before COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, had been officially identified in China.
Since most cases of COVID-19 have been in China, clinicians elsewhere may be unfamiliar with how the virus appears in the lungs. But reports are now showing the importance of CT in the diagnosis and monitoring of the infection.
“Many in the underserved communities don’t have a primary care physician and don’t really have a strong access to health care," says Andrew D. Yurochko, PhD. "So, they can’t reach out to find out whether this is a common cold, or flu, or COVID-19."