Politics, Science

July 19, 2020

FDA approves pool testing for COVID-19

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The Gist

FDA approves combining test samples of multiple people to make the testing faster.

The List

  • The samples will be tested individually only if the batch tests positive for COVID-19.
  • The pooling method would only bring logistical advantages where people are less likely to test positive for coronavirus.
  • Pooling is already used in China, Germany, Israel, and South Africa.

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