COVID-19 represents an unprecedented threat to global public health and economies. Assays are urgently needed for rapid detection and diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2-infected patients in order to inform treatment and quarantine strategies. Establishing globally accepted easy-to-access diagnostic tests is extremely important to understanding the epidemiology of the present pandemic. While nucleic acid-based tests are considered to be more sensitive with respect to serological tests, but the present gold standard RT-PCR-based assays possess limitations such as low sample throughput, requirement for sophisticated reagents and instrumentation. To overcome these shortcomings, recent efforts of incorporating LAMP-based isothermal detection, and minimizing the number of reagents required are on rise. Novel CRISPR- and other nuclease-based techniques, when merge with isothermal and allied technologies, promises to provide sensitive and rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acids. Here we discuss and present compilation of state-of-the-art CRISPR based detection techniques for use in COVID diagnosis and epidemiology.