LabCorp: New Test Can Detect COVID-19 and Flu

LabCorp: New Test Can Detect COVID-19 and Flu

Flu season begins in October and runs through the end of March or April.

According to the AAP, typically about 80% of children who die from the flu are not vaccinated. Torres said that since it can take some time for the vaccine to activate in your body and protect against the flu, it's important to get vaccinated sooner rather than later.

"In this study, we aimed to objectively assess and compare olfactory and gustatory functions in 10 COVID-19 patients, 10 acute cold patients and 10 healthy controls, matched for age and sex, said the study".

"We wish to reach those communities of color and underrepresented minorities with even more intensity, but we're not a whole lot smarter about how to do that, unfortunately", Schaffner said. She said getting a flu shot will be more important than ever before during the pandemic.

The two viruses cause similar symptoms but a study published Tuesday in JAMA Network Open found that children hospitalized with Covid-19 were more likely to have fever, aches, diarrhea and vomiting than were children with influenza.

Additionally, the World Health Organization pointed out that the already limited medical resources will be further strained when people flocked hospitals due to influenza.

"The flu shot is basically a vaccine that has part of the flu in it, not the actual flu virus itself, which your immune system then recognizes and forms a response to, without you getting sick from the flu", explains Chakrabarti. Children with COVID-19 were also more likely to have underlying medical conditions compared to children hospitalized with influenza (65% vs 42%, P=0.002), researchers reported.

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said it has given the green light to the kit that can simultaneously check for the COVID-19 virus and influenza infection.

Children made up.07% of coronavirus deaths, with 103 children reportedly dying from COVID-19 related illnesses. By reducing chances of catching the flu and needing to seek medical attention for it in hospitals, people can conserve the already scarce medical resources. "It first goes out to the commercial pharmacist and health care providers".

Along with getting a flu shot, Redfield urged people to wear masks, social distance, wash their hands and be smart about crowds.

Medics prepare to give flu shots to elders in a clinic in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. "Particularly if [people] do one more thing, and that is to embrace the flu vaccine with confidence".

Official data shows that the annual vaccination rate of influenza is about two percent in China, but experts say due to the coronavirus, people's willingness to be vaccinated with flu shot has increased significantly.

There is widespread concern among healthcare professionals that the United States could be facing two infectious disease emergencies this flu season. We don't know what is going to happen with COVID-19.

Canadians can make an appointment with their doctor to get the flu shot or find a pharmacy in their community that is administering the vaccine.

Among the 1,402 patients who tested positive for influenza A or B, 52% were male, with a median age of 3.9 years, and 291 (21.2%) were hospitalized, including 143 for influenza A and 148 for influenza B. Ninety-eight patients (7.0%) were admitted to the ICU, and 27 (1.9%) received mechanical ventilator support.

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