Optimal Size of COVID-19 Testing Pools [article]

Jon Cohen
2020 medRxiv   pre-print
AbstractThis research note investigates the optimal size of pools for pooled, COVID-19 testing when positive pools will be followed up by individual tests of pool members. Formulae for the optimum are derived and provided. The analysis indicates thatoptimal pool sizes are unlikely to exceed about 20 individuals in realistic situations,optimal pool size is influenced by prevalence in the population and the extent to which infection is clustered within the population, and,pools are most
more » ... y comprised of people with homogeneous risk, with heterogeneity across pools.
doi:10.1101/2020.07.20.20158436 fatcat:cpjc462kovasva5ax3ulwjuvpi