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Why did it take so long to think of doing pooled virus testing?

I read that they are thinking of doing pooled testing for the corona virus. What this means is that the blood samples of several people are combined. If the test results are negative then no more testing has to be done for those people. In the worst case, they still have to test everyone in the sample. This could increase testing capacity several fold. This is such a simple idea. Why didn’t you think of it? Why didn’t anyone consider doing this until now?

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