Since the COVID-19 (CV19) pandemic began, people have certainly been more sensitive to how they feel, even at the slightest sign of a fever, many of us grow concerned of the worst. With flu season upon us, this “paranoia” is only going to grow even more intense. After all, COVID-19 and the common flu share many symptoms – including fever, headaches, fatigue, a cough, muscle aches, and chills.
So, the question becomes: what do you do if you have any of those symptoms? For those who seek out a test and get the relieving results that they’re COVID-19 negative, their sigh of relief may be short-lived. This is because, while COVID-19 is considered the worst-case scenario, having a mystery infection is still concerning and worrisome. That means, upon receiving a negative COVID-19 test, the next question becomes: What exactly do you have, and are you going to be ok?
The Importance of an Accurate Diagnosis
Did you know that respiratory infections cause more work and school absences, and more doctor’s visits, than any other type of illness? The average person in the United States experiencing 2 respiratory infections each year, and with the potential severity of these infections among the high-risk population such as young children, elderly, and those with compromised immune systems; a quick and accurate diagnosis is essential.
If you’re suffering from flu-like symptoms and you’ve tested negative for COVID-19, your next course of action should be figuring out what exactly you are suffering from. While many would typically go to their doctor and request a Z-pack of antibiotics, it is truly a shot in the dark and will not even work if it is a viral infection.
They may help in some cases, but in many cases, they won’t, and that’s a major contributor to antibiotic resistance by overuse and/or misuse (not completing the course of treatment, etc.). Without the correct medication(s), you’re stuck with a mystery infection in your body, whether it be bacterial or viral, that you could be suffering from for days or even weeks before your body is finally able to fight it off. Everyone has been through a bad infection at least once, and with COVID-19 still lingering around on top of Flu Season, it is more important than ever to know what you have when one is experiencing symptoms.
Fear not, as we at TruGenX have tests to find out exactly what it is and help your doctor prescribe a personalized, precise treatment plan.
Respiratory Pathogen Panel Testing (RPP) – What Is it?
Typically, if you went to the doctor’s office with a respiratory infection, the first thing they would do is test for influenza once COVID has been ruled out. Yet, only about 16% of positive results are linked to Influenza A3, which in itself denotes the need for highly accurate, rapid, and comprehensive testing protocols.
Culture-based testing has been the historic gold standard for quite some time, but with technology ever increasing, RPP testing is quickly outperforming Culture-based testing. Respiratory Pathogen Panel Testing, usually referred to as RPP Testing, is the most advanced and accurate method for determining what exactly someone is suffering from. This type of test multiplies the sample over and over, creating clones of the sample and is able to look for more pathogens using a single specimen. As well, the results are also more sensitive and more specific.
The result? You’ll know exactly what you have sooner so that you don’t have to make any guesses or take unnecessary antibiotics. Instead, you can get started with a personalized, precise treatment plan tailored just for you that is most likely to help your specific illness. This means less downtime, less lost wages from missed work, and have you feeling better, faster.
TruGenX provides Respiratory Pathogen Panel (RPP) testing to medical providers nationwide for their patients. Our CLIA certified and CAP Accredited lab can help improve one’s outcome when prescribing medications. With the increase in patients that are experiencing respiratory infections as we go into Flu Season with COVID-19 still in the mix, a Respiratory Pathogen Panel (RPP) can go a long way in helping to create a personalized, precise treatment plan from your doctor. For more information, please contact us to get started.