- Uttar Pradesh Government to start pool testing becoming the first in the country.
- ICMR recommended the use of ‘pooled testing’ for COVID-19 tests.
The 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic was first confirmed in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on 5 March 2020, with the first positive case in Ghaziabad.
Pool testing is a collection of samples is done using a single RTPCR ( Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) and has been used during large outbreaks and invisible community transmission.
Researchers from Israel have demonstrated that testing combined samples from up to 64 people for Covid-19 fastened the screening process and also brought down cost. Maharashtra is another state that has sought permission from ICMR to be allowed to use this testing method in the state.
What is “Pool Testing”?
this method,samples of multiple individuals are put together in a tube and screened through the PCR test. Simply put, pooled testing refers to combining multiple samples that are to be tested in a single test serum and then testing that to look for contagion or virus.
If the entire pool of samples that were tested turns out negative, it means that virus is not present in all the people who submitted their samples in this pool. In case the pool is found to be COVID-19 positive, individual samples of each person who participated in pooled testing will be tested for coronavirus.