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SARS-CoV-2 Pooled Sample Testing

Do any labs have guidance or a policy for pooling samples for SARS-CoV-2 PCR testing? One respondent says his lab is not pooling samples, but he shared a study that assessed this strategy. The study found that when the incidence rate of SARS-CoV-2 infection is 10% or less, group testing results in the saving of reagents and personnel time with an overall increase in testing capability of at least 69%.


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