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The 2021 flu season will coincide with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Symptoms of COVID-19 and flu are often similar, making it difficult to determine what might be making you feel sick.

With just one test, the COVID-19 + flu panel helps you and your doctor determine if you have COVID-19 or the flu. It eliminates the need for multiple tests or doctor visits and can help you get the right treatment plan as soon as possible. The co-testing approach helps increase testing capacity during the busy flu season and speeds up the time to a diagnosis.

If you have symptoms

If you have symptoms that could be from the flu or COVID-19, you should quarantine as a precaution. Call your healthcare provider and discuss your symptoms before any visit for testing.

 

Knowing if you have COVID-19 means you can take steps to avoid spreading the disease and alert those who you were in contact with who may have been exposed. If diagnosed early, the flu can often be treated with medications like Tamiflu®, potentially making your illness shorter and less severe.

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COVID-19 testing statements

  • This test has not been FDA cleared or approved;
  • This test has been authorized by FDA under an EUA for use by authorized laboratories;
  • This test has been authorized only for the simultaneous qualitative detection and differentiation of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, influenza A virus, and influenza B virus, and not for any other viruses or pathogens; and
  • This test is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.

 

About the FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Status

This test has been authorized by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). This means that while Quest Diagnostics has validated the test and has the data to believe the test and the collection kit are accurate, this test has not been FDA cleared or approved; This test has been authorized by FDA under an EUA for use by authorized laboratories; this test has been authorized only for the detection of IgG Antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens; and, this test is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use on in vitro diagnostics for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(B)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360BBB-3(B)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner. Additional studies need to be conducted for this test and others like it to be FDA cleared or approved. 

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Discuss with your doctor

Regardless of your test result, you should discuss your results with your doctor and continue to follow any safety precautions recommended by public health experts. This can help you and your community better manage the risks and benefits of resuming daily activities.

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