Upper Respiratory Infection
Upper respiratory infection is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in young, geriatric and immunocompromised patients.
Rapid antigen tests like the flu and Strept. tests have created a false sense of security among patients and providers - they lack sensitivity and only focus on a single pathogen diagnosis.
Co-infection is HIGH in Respiratory illness
False negatives can lead to a delayed diagnosis and poor clinical outcomes.
-Coronavirus (229E, HKU1,
-Human Metapneumovirus (A,B)
-Parainfluenza Virus (1,2,3,4)
-Respiratory Syncytial Virus (A,B)