Officials working to get COVID/flu test combo
Doctor Trevino says if you have symptoms that match both flu and COVID-19, he recommends to automatically assume and treat it as a COVID-19 case.
LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - As we inch deeper into influenza season in the middle of a pandemic, it will be a daunting task to figure out if symptoms are associated to the flu or COVID-19.
Local health officials are keeping a close eye on the reemergence of a COVID-19 wave during the influenza season.
The Laredo Health Authority Doctor Victor Trevino says there are two major concerns.
One of them is people getting co-infected with the flu and COVID-19 and not treating both viruses, and the other is patients treating the wrong virus because some symptoms are similar.
Trevino says right now each virus needs to be tested individually. Flu results are quicker than COVID results, which take 2 to 3 days to get .
In order to quickly diagnose infections and rule out COVID-19, Trevino says the Laredo Health Department is working to obtain a test called “Flu SC2 Multiplex Assay test,” which is one test that can identify if a patient has influenza A and B, and COVID-19.
He says it would save time and lives since doctors will know which virus to tackle.
“Most people who have the flu will recover in a few days, in less than two weeks,” said Doctor Trevino. “With COVID-19, it’s associated complication can include blood clots in the veins, artery in the lungs, heart and brain and damages in so many organs.”
As for the flu/COVID-19 combo test, Trevino says that the Health Department has submitted an order for an initial amount, however he says a larger amount is needed for a community our size.
In the meantime, Trevino adds if you have symptoms that match both flu and COVID-19, he recommends to automatically assume and treat it as a COVID-19 case.
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