The briefing provides an at-glance-view of some of the big things happening in the information universe surrounding COVID-19. The views presented here are solely those of ECRI Horizon Scanning and have not been vetted by other stakeholders.

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ECRI Horizon Scanning has selected the topics below as those with potential for impact relative to COVID-19 in the United States within the next 12 months. All views presented are preliminary and based on readily available information at the time of writing.

Because these topics are rapidly developing, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information after the date listed on this publication. In addition, all views expressed in the commentary section are solely those of ECRI Horizon Scanning and have not been vetted by other stakeholders. Topics are listed in alphabetical order.

Isolation Bags for Safe CT Imaging in Suspected COVID-19 Cases

At a Glance

  • Patient isolation bags might help reduce cleaning time needed between procedures in patients requiring chest computed tomography (CT) scans for diagnostics or to guide management of COVID-19 complications
  • An international team led by US National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers has developed disposable, plastic isolation bags, with breathing valves
  • Researchers estimate that isolation bags might increase patient throughput on a single emergency department CT scanner about 14 times

Population-wide Antibody Testing to Quantify Coronavirus Infection Rates

At a Glance

  • Antibody testing for coronavirus seroprevalence can measure the spread of the virus and identify persons who have been exposed, regardless of symptom status
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to launch a nationwide study to determine coronavirus seroprevalence in 325 000 donors in 25 cities over 18 months
  • NIH has launched a seroprevalence study of 15 000 volunteers with unknown coronavirus infection status

Commentary in this COVID-19 Scan reflects preliminary views of ECRI Horizon Scanning and internal ECRI stakeholders.
The information contained in this document has not been vetted by other stakeholders.

We welcome your comments on this Scan. Send them by email to [email protected].

Posted: July 13, 2020

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