LabCorp: New Test Can Detect COVID-19 and Flu

LabCorp: New Test Can Detect COVID-19 and Flu

"The collision of the flu and COVID-19 this fall could mean an increase in pediatric hospitalizations", Song said.

"The flu vaccine is going to be more important than ever", said Chautauqua County's public health director.

For anyone on the fence about getting a flu shot this year, Chafe said this year is critical.

While there is little published data directly comparing children with COVID-19 to those with the flu, researchers at the Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C. conducted a retrospective cohort study of patients in the two groups.

"I have been paying attention to the vaccination, and I hope I can make an appointment as soon as possible", Chen Tian said.

This season, it seems like getting the flu shot is a no-brainer.

Additionally, the World Health Organization pointed out that the already limited medical resources will be further strained when people flocked hospitals due to influenza. We know right now this is a very vulnerable population.

Foti said health care professionals aren't sure if those who have the flu or COVID-19 are more susceptible to being infected with the other virus. Late September or early October is around the time when we do it.

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Australia and other countries in the Southern Hemisphere just finished their easiest flu seasons on record, and the United States and other nations in the Northern Hemisphere could have an easy time, too - if people get flu shots, practice social distancing and wear masks. 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. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, it's still beneficial to get a flu shot.

He explained that after one gets the flu shot, it takes about one to two weeks for the immune system to mount enough of a response to have some protection. Then once one has a reasonable level of protection, the protection tends to last on average for six months. The more we vaccinate, the less we are exposed to the virus.

He also cautioned that flu vaccines aren't 100-percent protective. "So what this does, if you are actually exposed to the flu, you either don't get very sick from it or you do not get sick at all".

Medics prepare to give flu shots to elders in a clinic in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China.

"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". The flu may have caused the deaths of 62,000 Americans. Last spring when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and WRH had to empty out its wards to prepare for a possible influx of COVID patients, that was done in an orderly manner by cancelling elective procedures and surgeries.

The 2019-2020 flu season was the deadliest in years for American kids, killing at least 188, according to the CDC.

However, according to officials, as of Tuesday, over 15 million doses of flu vaccines have been issued by authorities, including quadrivalent, trivalent and freeze dried, a live monovalent vaccine by intranasal spray.

This year's flu vaccine is the quadrivalent vaccine and is created to protect against four different flu viruses: two influenza A (H1N1) viruses and two influenza B viruses. However, the success numbers from past flu seasons may help turn some heads this year.

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