WHY TAKE THIS TEST?
With the flu season arriving soon, it will be harder to diagnose which virus you have. SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza A/B share common symptoms such as fever, cough, fatigue, and much more, making diagnosing difficult. With the Combo SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), Influenza A (Flu A), Influenza B (Flu B) PCR Test, you just need to take a single test to detect and distinguish between SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza A/B.
Additionally, CDC Guidelines recommend testing for both SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza A/B when the viruses are co-circulating. You can find the CDC testing guidelines HERE
WHY USE A PCR TEST OVER A RAPID ANTIGEN TEST?
COVID-19 has transformed the way that we perform respiratory testing. With PCR or molecular testing established as the gold standard¹, rapid tests for identifying infection are becoming a thing of the past. Even with few copies on the host, PCR magnifying capabilities allow detection of the viruses².
HOW YOU CAN GET THE TEST
SAMPLE TYPES ACCEPTED
¹”Why qPCR is the gold standard for COVID-19 testing” https://www.thermofisher.com/blog/clinical-conversations/why-qpcr-is-the-gold-standard-for-covid-19-testing/
²“Workflow and Performance of the TaqPathTM COVID-19, FluA, FluB Combo Kit.” https://www.thermofisher.com/us/en/home/global/forms/life-science/covid19-influenza-poster/jcr:content/MainParsys/image_87df/foregroundimg.img.320.low.png/1628250179440.png
Influenza A/B and SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
No, the combo test is anterior nasal only.
24-48 hours upon lab receipt
3 days / 72 hours from time of collection
No, the combo test must be staff-administered.
$140 cash price.
Yes, the combo test is covered by insurance.
PredicineSWIFT account – the “report” button will either be green or red
Results are sent by email (default)
Whether caused by COVID-19, influenza, or another respiratory illness, the symptoms can be very similar:
Yes, it’s possible to test positive for Influenza A/B & SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) at the same time.