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*This is for educational purposes only. LabFinder does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All users should consult with a medical provider in person for any health concerns.

Cold Flu Virus

What is the Respiratory Pathogens Panel?

Respiratory viruses are oftentimes difficult to distinguish based on signs and symptoms alone. Infections like the common cold, influenza, coronavirus, and many more consist of myriad strains considering how similar they all present. Lenco’s Respiratory Pathogens Panel is FDA-cleared and provides an overall sensitivity and specificity of respectively 95% and 99%. Rapid and accurate diagnostic testing for 21 respiratory pathogens may help identify which patients to isolate or cohort faster and determine if antibiotic or antiviral therapy is appropriate.

This test is not suitable for the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Is there testing available for coronavirus (COVID-19)? The CDC has not distributed testing kits yet. The CDC has developed a new laboratory test kit for use in testing patient specimens for COVID-19 called Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase - Polymerase Chain Reaction (rRT-PCR) Diagnostic Panel. This test is intended for use with upper and lower respiratory specimens collected from persons who meet CDC criteria for COVID-19 testing. CDC’s test kit is intended for use by laboratories designated by CDC as qualified, and in the United States, certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) to perform high complexity tests.  LabFinder

is continuously in contact with the existing laboratories in our network. Once we get a clear message on who will be doing coronavirus testing, where and when, we will be sure to communicate that with you.

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Samples should be collected within the first 3-4 days of illness. 
  • Swab test. Your health care provider will use a special swab to take a sample from your nose or throat.
  • Nasal Aspirate. Your health care provider will inject a saline solution into your nose, then remove the sample with gentle suction.

What is the Flu?

Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system — your nose, throat and lungs. Influenza is commonly called the flu, but it's not the same as stomach "flu" viruses that cause diarrhea and vomiting. For most people, influenza resolves on its own. But sometimes, influenza and its complications can be deadly. People at higher risk of developing flu complications include:

  • Young children under age 5, and especially those under 12 months
  • Adults older than age 65
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • Pregnant women and women up to two weeks postpartum
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • People who have chronic illnesses, such as asthma, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease and diabetes
  • People who are very obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher

Though the annual influenza vaccine isn't 100 percent effective, it's still your best defense against the flu.

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Cold Flu Virus

*This is for educational purposes only. LabFinder does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All users should consult with a medical provider in person for any health concerns.