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Pooling corona tests could boost test efficiency by a factor of 10

According to calculations by the Complexity Science Hub Vienna (CSH), significantly more people could be tested for SARS-CoV-19 with the tests currently available if several samples were combined into one test [1].

The method presented here indicates the optimal pooling size. With 10,000 actually infected persons in Austria, about 45,000 people could be tested with 3,000 tests available daily. If the number of infected persons is 100,000, about 15,000 people could be tested daily.

Pooling could thus help to significantly alleviate bottlenecks in testing.


Rudolf Hanel

Stefan Thurner @ Franziska Liehl, President of the Complexity Science Hub

Stefan Thurner

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