Respiratory infection can be caused by various pathogen(s), and their clinical symptoms share many similarities including coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and throat pain. It is difficult to identify the pathogen through clinical symptoms and signs, and the pathological course and treatment methods of different respiratory pathogens are also distinctly different. In most cases, respiratory viruses can cause multiple respiratory diseases, and the same patient may be infected with several viruses at the same time. Therefore, it is of great clinical significance to quickly and accurately identify the types of pathogens to assist doctors in making the treatment plan.
Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 are infectious respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different contagious viruses, due to the wide overlapping symptoms, it is difficult to distinguish COVID-19 from influenza through the observation of the clinical symptoms. COVID-19 is caused by SARS-CoV-2, while flus are mostly caused by influenza A or B virus. For the highly similar symptoms between COVID-19 and the flu, specific laboratory tests are needed to confirm the cause of the illness.
For precise diagnosis and screening, laboratory methods like nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) are necessary, because NAATs can detect viruses at very low concentrations, performing high sensitivity to the virus in order to shorten the window period.
Influenza A/B and 2019-nCoV Test Kit is designed for the identification of Influenza A virus, Influenza B virus, and 2019-nCoV (SARS-CoV-2) in respiratory samples. With high specificity, sensitivity and repeatability, this kit is able to assist the diagnosis of Flu A/Flu B and SARS-CoV-2.
COVID-19 and Flu A/B Test Kit Advantages
Testing for Flu A/B and SARS-CoV-2 Simultaneously: Respiratory infection test for Flu A/B and SARS-CoV-2 detect 3 kinds of virus within one clinical sample, which provides diagnostic tool for management of influenza-like illness patients.
Reliable Results: Simultaneous detection of 2 different target genes of SARS-CoV-2 and M gene from Flu A and B respectively to complement genetic variations, which allows high specificity.
Internal Control: Internal control gene verifies the whole process from sample collection to extraction and PCR steps, avoiding false-negative results.