How machine learning can improve COVID testing -- GCN


On June 18, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of pooled testing for identifying COVID-19 infections. The method allows up to four swabs to be tested at once – a strategy that is expected to greatly expand frequent testing to larger sections of the population. The idea is that if a bundled sample comes back positive, then all the individuals in that sample will need to be tested separately. If a bundled sample comes back clean, however, that's four people who don't need to be tested further, saving public health officials time and money. The FDA said it expects pooling will allow virus identification with fewer tests, which means more tests could be run at once, fewer testing supplies would be consumed and patients could likely receive results more quickly.