Respiratory Viral Panel
Our Respiratory Viral Panel utilizes either a nasal or oral swab helps identify the presence of SARS-CoV2 (COVID19), Influenza (FLU) and/or RSV viruses.
What is the Respiratory Viral Panel?
This test conducted from either a nasal or oral swab helps identify the presence of SARS-CoV2 (COVID19), Influenza (FLU) and/or RSV viruses. This test detects both common strains of the FLU (Influenza A and Influenza B) and both common strains of RSV (RSV A and RSV B)
Is this Test Safe for Children?
Yes, nasal swabs can be collected in people of all ages
- We perform testing with Nasopharyngeal, or Oropharyngeal samples
What are Viral Respiratory Illnesses (Upper Respiratory Illness / URI)?
COVID19 and Influenza (FLU) and RSV are contagious viruses that result in a variety of symptoms. It is difficult to tell the difference between infections with these viruses because there is a great deal of overlap among the symptoms (listed below). The symptoms are very variable between individuals and can range from mild to very severe and may result in hospitalization and even death (usually in individuals with higher risk)
How Long Until I Get Symptoms?
- FLU and RSV - A person usually develops symptoms 1-4 days after exposure
- COVID19 - A person usually develops symptoms between day 2-5 but may not develop symptoms until 14 days after infection
When am I Contagious with an Upper Viral Respiratory Illness?
Although variable between the different viruses, people can be contagious about 1-2 days before showing symptoms but usually are most contagious during the time of symptoms.
How are URI Viruses spread?
- Droplets - The most common way COVID-19 / Flu /RSV spreads is through respiratory droplets through talking, coughing, or sneezing
- Closes Personal Contact - Touching or shaking hands with a person who is symptomatic or an asymptomatic carrier
- Surface Contact - This is less likely, but touching surfaces that may be contaminated with the virus
Who is at Risk?
- Adults over the Age of 65
- Adults and Children with Chronic Health Conditions
- Heart Disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- During Pregnancy
Symptoms of a Viral Respiratory Infection
This is not an exhaustive list:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle aches
- Loss of taste or smell (Covid specific)
- Sore throat
- Nausea or Vomiting or Diarrhea
Will I need to do anything to prepare for the test?
You should not use tampons, douche, or have sex for at least 24 hours before your test.
After The Test
- When your results are ready, we will send them to you in a clear, easy-to-read report in our HIPAA-protected Patient Portal.
- You will have the option to speak with an independent physician to discuss your results and treatment options, if applicable
- Together, you and your physician may develop a personalized plan to treat your condition.
- If a medication is prescribed, it will be sent by the physician to the pharmacy of your choice.
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