Why choose RT-PCR for Influenza or RSV?

According to the CDC, RT-PCR testing has: High sensitivity and very high specificity compared to antigen testing Can differentiate COVID-19. influenza A/B and RSV Is highly recommended for older children and adults due to the lower viral load in their respiratory specimens, making antigen testing less sensitive for this age group Rapid RT-PCR assay performed […]

The RSV Problem This Year

What’s different about RSV this year? We already had COVID and the flu, but RSV has entered the picture this fall. According to the CDC, 58 000 to 80 000 children, or 1-2% of children under the age of six months who have RSV infection, are at risk for hospitalization. When we think about RSV, […]

What is the “Tripledemic”?

By Adrienna Chew The Winter of 2022-2022 is showing a rapid increase in Influenza, COVID, and now, RSV infections – the 3 infections being called the “tripledemic” The CDC is reporting a rapid rise in cases of all 3 types of respiratory viruses – COVID, influenza, and now a mix of a third pathogen – […]

When does the flu peak?

Although seasonal flu viruses are found all year round in the United States, the “flu season” is when these viruses most frequently spread, according to the CDC.  The actual start and end dates of flu seasons might vary, although October is when activity often peaks. Flu activity usually peaks between December and February, though it […]

Why should you test ASAP for all 3 – COVID, Flu & RSV, if You Have Symptoms

It is challenging to distinguish between COVID-19, RSV, or the flu since they have similar symptoms; getting tested is the best approach to determine which infection you have. You may have either one of the viruses -COVID, Flu, or RSV – or you may have a combination of them. Having more than 1 virus causes […]

Why Are Things Worse This Year?

What Is The Tripledemic? The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has been reporting that influenza cases began much earlier this year and are rapidly rising nationwide.  With relaxed COVID-19 guidelines, travel and socializing back in full swing, this winter season is primed for a rise in cases of COVID, and influenza, with a […]

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