Pool testing involves mixing swab samples in batches of ten, and testing the whole batch at once. If this batch comes back negative, we know that all ten samples are negative. This then means we are doing ten tests using the same amount of time and resources as a single ordinary RT-PCR test. We are therefore able to test large amounts of people with relative ease, despite our labs not being gigantic in size.
We then retest each of the ten samples within the batch, to identify which members of the batch are positive. While this involves an extra round of testing, this remains a very efficient option for the majority of workplaces. Our Account Managers will work with you to determine whether Pool Testing is a good option for your workplace.
Simply put, no. Our UKAS accredited ISO labs have done research into this process and have validated that it is highly accurate even though the concentration of virus is lower than in a one-to-one test. Not only that, but pool testing has been assessed and validated across the world.