Implications of False Positive SARS-CoV-2 by PCR Test in the Health Care Work Force

  • Julie Kim, DO Community Memorial Health System, Ventura, CA
  • Javier Romero, MD Community Memorial Health System, Ventura, CA
  • Amanda Frugoli, DO Community Memorial Health System, Ventura, CA
  • Graal Diaz, PhD Community Memorial Health System, Ventura, CA
  • Janet Hobbs, MLIS Community Memorial Health System, Ventura, CA

Abstract

The novel nature of the SARS-CoV-2 virus inherently creates a paucity of reliable and validated data. Implementing evidence-based and data-driven protocols have been exceedingly difficult. As new information is released and integrated into the complex system, the health care delivery workflow must adapt. Incorporating changes on a frequent, if not daily basis, has led to confusion, frustration and loss of confidence among clinicians across the nation. This report illustrates the negative impact that false-positive COVID-19 results can have on the health delivery workforce and the emotional implications that false-positive results cast on health care providers.

Published
2020-12-31
How to Cite
Julie Kim, DO, Javier Romero, MD, Amanda Frugoli, DO, Graal Diaz, PhD, and Janet Hobbs, MLIS. “Implications of False Positive SARS-CoV-2 by PCR Test in the Health Care Work Force”. Osteopathic Family Physician, Vol. 13, no. 1, Dec. 2020, pp. 39-42, doi:10.33181/13015.