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How Accurate Are the Tests Being Administered in the U.S.? – MSN via Medical Daily

Read article – Quotes Steven Woloshin, professor of medicine, community and family medicine, and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in an article about how experts from top medical institutes are now demanding that the FDA gather better evidence of the accuracy of the tests it approves for COVID-19. “In the beginning, the FDA was under a lot of pressure to get these tests onto the marketplace. But now that there are plenty of tests out there, it’s time for them to raise the bar,” said Woloshin.

What COVID-19 Antibody and Viral Testing Can and Can’t Tell You About Your Health – CNBC

Read article – Quotes Steven Woloshin, professor of medicine, community and family medicine, and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, about the challenges regarding false-negative diagnostic tests for COVID-19. “False-negative results are far more consequential [than false-positives], because infected persons who might be asymptomatic may not be isolated and can infect others,” says Woloshin. (Similar coverage in International Business Times and Medical Daily.)

Why Testing Negative for Coronavirus Isn’t a Guarantee You Don’t Have COVID-19 – CBC

Read article – Quotes a recent paper co-authored by researchers from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and Harvard Medical School, which found that the accuracy of COVID-19 tests may turn out to be a bigger issue than the availability of tests throughout the course of the pandemic. “Inaccurate diagnostic tests undermine efforts at containment of the pandemic,” the researchers said.

As Stores and Restaurants Reopen, Is It Hard to Decide What You Dare to Do? It’s Not You – WBUR

Read article – As a guest on WBUR, Steven Woloshin, professor of medicine, community and family medicine, and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, discusses the challenges for everyday citizens trying to decide what activities are safe as Massachusetts and other states hit hard by COVID-19 reopen. “There’s a lot of uncertainty and it’s really hard to act under uncertainty. And—the stakes are high,” Woloshin says. “This combination of uncertainty and high stakes is like the perfect storm of anxiety. So it’s hard for all of us to make decisions, and know what to do.”

‘Implications of False-Negative COVID-19 Tests Evaluated’ – The Tribune

Read article – Quotes Steven Woloshin, professor of medicine, community and family medicine, and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in a feature story about a study he led which found that more emphasis should be placed on addressing the inaccuracy of diagnostic tests for COVID-19. In the analysis, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Woloshin and his colleagues said that while progress has been made in expanding testing, there is still concern about the accuracy of the process. “Diagnostic tests, typically involving a nasopharyngeal swab, can be inaccurate in two ways,” said Woloshin.