In 2020, the COVID-19 virus swept the globe and landed here in the United States. It changed our daily lives and left a lot of uncertainty in the minds of Americans. While most people have learned their “new normal”, there are still a lot of unknowns out there about what best practices are and how to best prevent the spread of the virus.
At Covid Clinic, Inc., we provide a variety of tests that we provide to patients during these unprecedented times, including antigen tests, antibody tests, and more. One of our latest tests we have started to provide to our patients is the COVID-19 Antigen + Flu Combo Test. Continue reading today’s blog to learn more about what this test is, what it detects, and what to know if you decide this is the test for you.
What Is COVID-19 and Its Symptoms?
Although we have heard about and learned more about the COVID-19 virus over the last year, there is still some confusion about what the virus is, and how to know if you should get tested or not. At Covid Clinic, Inc., we are here to help you understand what COVID-19 is, and how to prevent yourself from being exposed or contracting the virus.
COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is a new virus in humans that causes a contagious respiratory illness. Here are some of the most common symptoms of COVID-19:
- Shortness of Breath
- Difficulty Breathing
- Muscle Pain
- Sore Throat
- New Loss of Taste
- New Loss of Smell
What Is Influenza?
If you’re like most people, when you started hearing about COVID-19, you likely thought it sounded very similar to the common flu, also known as influenza. Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that is caused by influenza viruses. There are two main types of these viruses: types A and B. Both can spread and usually make their appearance during flu season each year.
Due to the symptoms of COVID-19 and Influenza being so similar to one another, Covid Clinic, Inc. has created a test where all three viruses can be tested for at once. This test has received an Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA.
What Is The COVID-19 Antigen + Flu Combo Test?
Our COVID-19 Antigen + Flu Combo Test, also known as the Sofia 2 Flu + SARS Antigen FIA, is a test that is designed to simultaneously detect three types of viruses: influenza type A and B, as well as COVID-19. In doing so, you will be able to provide your test results with your healthcare provider to create an appropriate plan of treatment to prevent the spread of both the COVID-19 virus and influenza.
This test collects your specimen from a nasal swab. Don’t worry, unlike other tests you might have heard about, the cotton swab is not inserted very far up your nostril, just far enough to where the swab is not visible. Once the swab is inserted into your nostril, it will be rotated in a circle around the entire inside edge of the nostril at least three times. The same process will take place in the other nostril.
Once the specimen has been collected, we will run the sample through the test. Generally, we are able to provide our patients with their results within 60 minutes of providing the sample.
What Are The Potential Risks and Benefits?
Much like any other test that you would take, there are potential risks and benefits that are associated with the COVID-19 Antigen + Flu Combo Test. Rest assured, we have received an Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA to provide this test to patients, and we are committed to providing our patients with accurate and dependable results. Now, let’s take a look at the possible risks and benefits of this test.
- During the collection of the specimen, the patient may feel possible discomfort or other complications. At Covid Clinic, Inc., we do our best to keep our patients as comfortable as possible, as well as collect the specimen in an efficient manner to minimize discomfort.
- While unlikely, there is a possible risk for incorrect test results.
- Getting tested and receiving your results, along with other information, can help you and your healthcare provider make informed decisions about your care.
- The results of our COVID-19 Antigen + Flu Combo Test may help decrease the spread of COVID-19, influenza A, or influenza B to your friends, family, and the overall community.
For more information about this test, the possible risks and benefits, and more, please visit our website today.
What Happens If I Test Positive?
While the thought of testing positive for either COVID-19 or either type of influenza can be intimidating and a bit scary, it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. It’s better to know sooner rather than later so that you can consult with your healthcare provider and determine the best plan of treatment to get yourself well and prevent the spread of either virus to others.
If You Test Positive For COVID-19, you will likely be placed in isolation to prevent spreading the virus to others. Covid Clinic, Inc. highly recommends you follow the CDC guidelines to prevent the transmission of the disease.
If You Test Positive For Influenza Type A or B, it is highly recommended to consult with your primary healthcare provider. In doing so, they will assess your results, your medical history, and your symptoms to determine the best plan of care.
If You Test Negative For COVID-19, Influenza A, or Influenza B, it means that none of the viruses were detected in your specimen. If you are experiencing symptoms of one of these viruses and test negative, you should meet with your healthcare provider to determine the next steps.
Schedule Your COVID-19 Antigen + Flu Combo Test Today!
Our team at Covid Clinic, Inc. is here to provide COVID-19 and influenza testing to help protect the community and slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Whether you have started to experience flu- or COVID-like symptoms, or you have been notified that you have come into contact with someone that has tested positive for any of the viruses, book an appointment with us to get tested. For more information about the COVID-19 Antigen + Flu Combo Test, or the other tests we offer, visit our website. If you’re ready to be tested, find a testing site near you, and book an appointment today!