CHP announced the start of flu season by the end of August as flu cases in kindergartens/child care centres and residential care homes for elderly and persons with disabilities surged starting from July, causing at least 18 deaths in August alone. Meanwhile, COVID pandemic is yet to be stopped as 900 COVID related deaths were recorded among 40,000 cases of infection this year. Let's not forget to get tested for both COVID and flu in case of symptoms and receive appropriate treatment accordingly. Let's learn more about the latest testing tips below!
Symptoms and Treatments of FLU A and COVID
|Symptoms||Fever, fatigue, cough, sore throat, headache, runny nose, shortness of breath, muscle pain, loss of smell/taste, red swollen eyes, skin rashes||Fever, fatigue, cough, sore throat, headache, runny nose, stuffy nose, shortness of breath, muscle pain, diarrhea, nausea|
|Treatment||Elderly and chronic disease patients may take COVID-19 oral drugs||Patients with severe symptoms should take antiviral medication prescribed by doctors in the first 48 hours|
Mutual complications of flu and COVID-19 include pneumonia, respiratory failure, acute dyspnea syndrome, septicemia, thromboembolism/multiple organ failure, worsening chronic disease, myocarditis and encephalitis etc. However, 10-20% of COVID-19 patients may experience “long covid”. Findings have also suggested that COVID and flu coinfection is 6 times more deadly and is more likely to cause severe illness and complications than being infected only with COVID.
3-in-1 Rapid COVID/FLU A&B Tests Can Assist Doctors’ Diagnosis
Considering the very similar symptoms of FLU A and COVID, some doctors may use 3-in-1 rapid tests (also known as ABC rapid tests) to determine patients’ COVID and FLU infection status. Through collecting patients’ nasal sample, 3-in-1 test kits can detect the presence of antigen of FLU A (A), FLU B (B), or COVID (C) viruses, allowing doctors to make quicker and more accurate diagnosis easily.
Therefore, doctors also recommend the public to perform self-test with 3-in-1 rapid COVID/FLU A&B tests, and present the test results to their doctors for accurate treatment when feeling sick.
User Feedback: Results in 15 mins – Present Result at Consultation
A user of 3-in-1 rapid test previously reported to have experienced headache and coughing. With the help of INDICAID™ COVID-19/FLU A&B Rapid Antigen Test, she was able to detect a positive FLU A result in just 15 minutes. She later presented the test kit result to her doctor and received antiviral treatment.
The ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘CoV’ indicators on the test device can clearly show the infection status of different viruses.
|‘C’ line only
||‘C’ line and any ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘CoV’ line
‘A’ = FLU A
‘B’ = FLU B
‘CoV’ = COVID-19
|No 'C' line|