Resfrío, gripe y COVID-19

Las hojas se caen, corre un aire fresco y el aroma a especia de calabaza envuelve los mercados locales. Al mismo tiempo, han comenzado los resfriados y la tos, y es posible que sienta una molestia en la garganta o que le haya subido la fiebre. Cold and flu season is upon us yet again; but this year, with cases of COVID-19 increasing and many similar underlying symptoms, there is a need to differentiate between seasonal respiratory illnesses and COVID-19.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that the overall burden of influenza for the 2016-2017 season was about 29 million influenza illnesses, 14 million influenza-associated medical visits, 500,000 influenza-related hospitalizations and 38,000 influenza-associated deaths. While the last flu season ended in April, it was ultimately aggravated by the rise of COVID-19, and current predictions indicate that protecting yourself this flu season is more important than ever.

Common Signs & Symptoms of COVID-19 and Flu

According to CDC, both COVID-19 and flu can have varying degrees of signs and symptoms, ranging from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe symptoms. Symptoms include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Tos
  • Dificultad para respirar
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Dolor de garganta
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pains or body aches
  • Dolor de cabeza
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)

The Flu and COVID-19 Testing

Poder diferenciar a los pacientes con COVID-19 de aquellos con influenza A o B (gripe) será de suma importancia durante los meses de otoño e invierno. Ambos tipos de infecciones pueden provocar síntomas similares y posiblemente en muchos casos no se podrá establecer la diferencia solo en función de los antecedentes clínicos. BioReference is offering a multiplex test for flu and COVID-19, using a single sample. Esto permite hacer más diagnósticos rápidos, conservar importantes suministros de pruebas y proporcionar controles para la gripe y la COVID-19. La identificación del agente infeccioso correcto permitirá realizar un tratamiento temprano y un manejo adecuado, especialmente en poblaciones de riesgo alto. Click here to learn more about the test.

If you are a healthcare provider, click here to become a client so you can begin ordering the Comprehensive Respiratory Panel, COVID-19 PCR molecular test or COVID-19 + Influenza combined multiplex test or any other diagnostic tests from BioReference today.

Fuentes: Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades

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