UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


Coronavirus Testing Advice – The CTA

This project brings together scientists and technologists, who are working together to develop publicly accessible information about COVID-19 tests and vaccine.

  • What COVID-19 tests do you need?

  • Is the test safe or accurate?

  • Is it approved by government?

  • Can you recommend them to your loved ones?

  • Buy them for your employees? 

The COVID-19 crisis requires humanity to become extremely knowledgeable about health, quickly. However, the public remains anxious due partly to misinformation (Lancet 2020 P537). This is heightened by a "disturbing trend of criminals who are taking advantage of the COVID-19 outbreak by exploiting the high market demand for personal protection and hygiene product" (MHRA The UK Government March 2020).

As economies reopen, we all need guidance on reducing the risk of COVID-19, using non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) and testing. Information is vital.  

The CTA website guides users through an easy to use comparison search of COVID-19 tests. Behind which sits a dizzying array of information compiled through a robust scientific process.

Speeding up accurate science dissemination for a generation. 

This project is being conducted with the Federation of Humanitarian Technologist. A not for profit member organisation that that create open source technology solutions for the Humanitarian aid sector.