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Novel pooled testing strategies can significantly increase ability to identify COVID-19 infections, track disease spread

A new approach to pooled COVID-19 testing can be a highly effective tool for curbing the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, even if infections are widespread in a community, according to researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Simple pooled testing schemes could be implemented with minimal changes to current testing infrastructures in clinical and public health laboratories.

“Our research adds another tool to the testing and public health toolbox‚” said Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard Chan School and associate member of the Broad.