“The arrival of fall each year brings with it flu season. This year, the U.S. influenza season is particularly worrisome as we continue to battle the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. With the peak of flu season spanning several months and possibly into the spring of 2021, clinical laboratories will likely see dramatic upward swings in the number of people who need flu and SARS-CoV-2 testing simultaneously, while at the same time being faced with an acute shortage of tests and testing supplies.
What steps can be taken on a systemic level within the laboratory industry to help manage the potential onslaught of infection and likelihood of increased testing? One promising answer is pooled testing. Pooled testing is one way to use the clinical laboratory’s testing supplies, resources, and efforts wisely, and is receiving significant attention as a method of performing large volumes of clinical laboratory tests while conserving critical testing resources. This testing method was also recognized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the summer.
Attend this complimentary webinar, with follow-up Q&A, to learn about the pros and cons of pooled testing and how they must be evaluated when determining if pooled testing is the right solution for meeting your lab’s SARS-CoV-2 and seasonal flu testing demands.”