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Pooled testing

  May 06, 2020

Pooled testing

What is pooled testing?

The pooled testing method involves putting multiple swab samples together, and testing them using a single RTPCR test. If that test is negative, it means that all the people tested are negative. However, if the test is positive, everyone whose samples were part of the test have to be tested separately, to identify positive individuals.

Why it is done?

It is done to speed up results, contact tracing and reduce workload on laboratories. It will also widen the reach of testing.