As the 2020 flu season collides with the COVID-19 pandemic, this flu season has the potential to be more challenging than ever. Since most symptoms of influenza and COVID-19 overlap (i.e., fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, muscle pain and aches, headaches, and possible vomiting and diarrhea), attempting to differentially diagnose and treat patients could be complex.
The CDC recommends co-testing for patients presenting with overlapping symptoms to rule in or rule out influenza (A and B) and SARS-CoV-2 as the source of viral infection. Read this article to learn more about the importance of flu and SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) co-testing.
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