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New 'pooled' COVID-19 testing could expand access

Original post made on Jul 22, 2020

Demand for diagnostic tests has risen to a level that has pushed back California's mass-testing expansion plan due to a strain on resources. Now, "specimen pooling" could be a game changer.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 5:25 PM

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Jul 22, 2020 at 1:13 pm

“If that's the case, then the U.S. has a long way to go. Currently, only 7% percent of the population is being tested every day…”

Unfortunately, that’s not what the linked article from SIAM News actually says. Instead, it states that the 7% / day figure is what must be achieved to attain the scientists’ ideal of testing everyone every 2 weeks.

To understand the problem posed by reaching this 7% daily goal, consider that with our county population of almost 2 million, it would mean taking about 140,000 swab tests each day. That will require moving 140,000 people each day to a testing station. Does this sound practical?


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