Pool Testing at Duke

Prof. Harer

Students returning to Duke University are participating in surveillance testing to help rapidly identify and isolate people who may have contracted the COVID-19 virus. This is done using pool testing, which combines nasal samples from five people for a single test to allow more testing using fewer resources.

See the full video below, and hear Mathematics Prof. John Harer (beginning at 3:45 mark) discuss how math comes into play.