For COVID-19 there are no published data to identify optimal population sampling methods, however, a population-based sample in which testing is performed for both rt-PCR and serology might be recommended. There are also opportunities to examine innovative sampling strategies being used in pilot studies underway in other jurisdictions.
Vanstone, J; Reeder, B; Duncan, V. What sampling method is most appropriate for population testing? 2020 Apr 23; Document no.: LAB042201 RR. In: COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Reviews [Internet]. SK: SK COVID Evidence Support Team, c2020. 5 p. (CEST rapid review report)