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Lung ultrasound in the COVID-19 pandemic
  1. Karl Jackson1,
  2. Robert Butler1,
  3. Avinash Aujayeb1
  1. Respiratory and Acute Medicine Department, Northumbria HealthCare NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle NE23 6NZ, United Kingdom
  1. Correspondence to Avinash Aujayeb, Respiratory Department, Northumbria HealthCare NHS Trust, Rake Lane, North Shields NE29 8NH, UK; avinash.aujayeb{at}


Lung ultrasound has been described for over a decade and international protocols exist for its application. It is a controversial area among pulmonologists and has had more uptake with emergency as well as intensive care physicians. We discuss the basics and evidence behind the use of lung ultrasound in respiratory failure, and what role we see it playing in the current 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic.

  • Ultrasonography
  • Thoracic medicine
  • Adult thoracic medicine
  • Respiratory infections

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  • Contributors AA wrote the initial manuscript, KJ and BB revised it, and all authors agreed to the final version.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Consent obtained directly from patients.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.