Radiation therapy considerations during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Literature review and expert opinions

Pranshu Mohindra, Courtney R. Buckey, Shifeng Chen, Terence Nath Sio, Yi Rong

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Abstract

COVID-19 is an unprecedented pandemic that has already reached over 2 million confirmed cases globally, with at least 140,000 deaths as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) as of April 16, 2020 1. More than 662,000 cases have been reported in the United States with more than 29,000 deaths2. The overall crude mortality rate now stands at 6.6% (may possibly be lower due to under-testing and under-reporting of total confirmed cases), and is highly dependent on age group, comorbidities, and the locoregional resources medically1. A report from the United States presented age-stratified COVID-19 associated hospitalization rates among 1,482 patients during March 1-28, 2020, highlighting an alarmingly high rate of 74.5% at age > 50 years with underlining medical conditions3. Based on a data summary report provided by New York City Health, as of April 14, 2020, the shares of a total of 6839 deaths reached 0.04%, 4.5%, 23.1%, 24.6%, and 47.7% for the age groups of 0-17, 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, and 75+ years old4. All data suggest that adults at a more advanced age group are facing higher morbidity and mortality risks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Instrumentation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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