Developers roll out new COVID-19 test that also detects influenza and RSV – KSL.com

Among the testing kits administered by healthcare workers. (Photo: Courtesy: Lisa Carricaburu, ARUP) Barker thinks some clients might overlook the influenza and RSV since COVID-19 is grabbing all the attention throughout the country.
He says, “Usually, during the influenza season we would check for flu first, then if its not the influenza, we look for the other respiratory viruses. COVID moved that on us, so, this year we wished to make certain we were covering COVID.”
This particular exam is administered in one of 2 methods. Health care employees can either utilize a deep nasal swab, or they can get samples from the back of the throat and inside the front of the nostrils. Barker says saliva tests arent effective in spotting influenza.

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SALT LAKE CITY– A brand-new kind of COVID-19 test that can also detect influenza and RSV might reduce a few of the concern of overcrowding some health centers are dealing with.
Researchers at ARUP Laboratories are rolling out a new sort of nasal swab test that can detect three different breathing health problems with one examination.
With COVID-19 already triggering extreme pressure on healthcare facilities, doctors and nurses, health officials across Utah have been prompting everybody to get their flu shot this year. Analysts at ARUP Laboratories state a huge influx of influenza patients might cripple the already struggling hospital system.
Physician Adam Barker, ARUP COVID-19 Rapid Response Lab Director, says we havent seen that many verified cases of influenza up until now, mostly due to the fact that the safety measures people are requiring to prevent the spread of COVID-19 likewise work for other breathing issues. Its too quickly to know how bad flu season will be.
” Were simply beginning into that season. Flu season typically starts in November, truly ramps up in December and January and it peaks in February,” Barker says.
Designers at ARUP and Thermo Fisher Scientific are offering health centers and centers a brand-new type of test that can identify COVID-19, Influenza A/B and RSV, which is especially unsafe in children and older adults. Barker says not every cough is coronavirus-related, and treatment can vary hugely in between these three illnesses.
Barker states, “All 3 of those health problems are very comparable when a patient contracts them.”
Patients will need to speak with their doctors to request this particular test, but, Barker says it would ensure clients do not need to return for extra screening when one illness has actually been eliminated.
” You can do one test at one time and get all the details at one time instead of bringing people back to the centers and back to the health centers,” he states.

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