Respiratory Panel: Covid-19 & Flu Test
This test kit helps you find out what's causing your cold or flu symptoms. The tests can detect three common viruses: Influenza A, Influenza B, and COVID-19. The kit includes everything you need to collect a sample from your nose. It's easy to use and you can do it yourself!
A CLIA-certified (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) certified lab will analyze your sample. CLIA certification is the gold-standard for quality and accuracy in lab testing. You'll receive results securely online within 24 hours of the lab receiving your sample. If you have any of these viruses, you will be given more information on how to get treatment.
How it Works
Visit a kiosk to get your Flu & COVID-19 Test.
Follow the instructions within the test kit and self-administer each test. You can find additional instructions here.
Return your test kit to a kiosk for processing.
Receive your digital results and get information on treatment options.
The Flu & COVID-19 tests can be used as a tool to help determine if you have an infection with Covid-19, Influenza A, or Influenza B. All three are contagious and can spread quickly.
Flu A & B
Seasonal influenza, or flu, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. There are four types of influenza viruses: A, B, C, and D. Influenza A and B viruses cause seasonal epidemics of disease in people (known as flu season) almost every winter in the United States. Influenza viruses infect the nose, throat, and lungs producing symptoms that include sudden fever, extreme fatigue, coughing, chills, and muscle aches.
Influenza A usually starts with a sudden onset of symptoms such as cough, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, fever, headache, fatigue, chills, and body aches. Some people may experience vomiting and diarrhea, which are more common in children. While it may sometimes resolve on its own, Influenza A is potentially the most serious type of flu infection, and severe cases can be life-threatening.
Influenza B accounts for far fewer overall infections during flu season. The symptoms are similar to those of Influenza A, though usually less severe and may seem like a common cold. However, respiratory symptoms like cough, congestion, sore throat, and runny nose can become severe, leading to conditions like pneumonia, kidney failure, and inflammation of the heart.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease 2019) is a disease caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2 that is contagious and can spread quickly. COVID-19 can cause a wide range of symptoms that may be mild or severe. Most people with a Covid-19 infection have mild symptoms that can feel much like a cold or the flu but others can become severely ill. COVID-19 may attack more than your lungs and respiratory system. Other parts of your body may also be affected by the disease.
It is important to use a test to distinguish between diagnoses of treatable viruses like Influenza A or B and an infection with Coronavirus, which can require a period of isolation. If you have symptoms such as high fever, chills, sore throat, cough, and congestion, testing and contacting a healthcare provider immediately can help you receive appropriate treatment options and help protect those around you.
The populations at the highest risk for developing complications from any of these highly contagious viruses are those with weakened immune systems who:
Are 65 years old and up
Have a pre-existing medical condition like diabetes
Are taking immunosuppressive medications for organ transplant or cancer
Complications from the flu can include gastroenteritis, pneumonia, and cardiac issues. However, anyone can get extremely sick if the flu is left untreated. Complications of infection with COVID-19 include heart disease, stroke, and may require a ventilator to support breathing. Long-term effects are known as “post-COVID-19 syndrome.” The single best way to reduce the risk of seasonal flu and COVID-19, and their potentially serious complications, is to get vaccinated against the flu each year in September, and to follow the CDC's guidelines for staying up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines.
Public Health Educational Resources
Additional information is available to you to learn even more about the Flu & COVID-19 from the following public health resources.
About COVID-19 | Center of Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov)
COVID-19: Long-term effects - Mayo Clinic | Mayo Clinic (mayoclinic.org)
About the Flu | Center of Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov)
Influenza | Nation Institute of Allergy and Infection Disease (niaid.nih.gov)
Influenza and COVID-19 | COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines | National Institute of Health (nih.gov)
Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations | Center of Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov), September 23, 2023