Testing for COVID-19—Myth-Busting the News

An ECRI lab webcast

View a recording of our April 22, 2020, live-streamed lab webcast. This video features answers to these key questions.

  • What are the different types of COVID-19 tests, and are they always accurate?
  • How might some tests actually cause harm to society?
  • What guiding principles can help us move forward in this time of crisis?

The presentation concludes with an informative Q&A session based on questions from hospitals around the globe.


  • Dr. Andrew Furman, Executive Director, Clinical Excellence, ECRI
  • Jonathan R. Treadwell, PhD, Co-Director, Evidence-based Practice Center, ECRI
  • Savvas Pavlides, PhD, Scientific Quality Manager, Technology Assessment, ECRI
  • Jason Launders, Director of Operations, Device Evaluation, ECRI

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Myth-Busting the News: Testing for COVID-19

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ECRI position statement

Prudent use of SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing: Avoiding false assumptions: ECRI recommends using a cautious approach and avoiding over-interpreting what these tests can show and how to apply information obtained from these tests.

List of SARS-CoV-2 test kits

ECRI has researched the SARS-CoV-2 Test Kits to compare feature functionality and availability.

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