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Many respiratory illnesses come with common symptoms but require different treatments. Rapid testing can help your clinician identify the cause—and recommend the appropriate treatment—in a matter of minutes.

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ALL ABOUT RESPIRATORY ILLNESS

Many respiratory illnesses come with common symptoms but require different treatments. Rapid molecular testing can help your clinician identify the cause—and recommend the appropriate treatment—in a matter of minutes.

Find a test provider with ID NOW rapid molecular testing for more information.

GET ANSWERS FASTER WITH RAPID MOLECULAR TESTING

When you or someone you care about is sick and you seek treatment, it’s important to know what’s causing your symptoms.

Rapid molecular testing can be ordered by a healthcare professional and performed at a pharmacy, clinic, or doctor's office, giving you results in minutes, not days. When you know what you have, your clinician can recommend the right treatment earlier, which can help you get well sooner.

With many illnesses, you can develop complications. Earlier diagnosis and treatment may help prevent these.2-4 Once you have a diagnosis, you can also take the right precautions to avoid spreading your illness to loved ones.

FIND THE BEST TEST FOR YOU

Rapid tests are essential tools to help your clinician diagnose what’s behind your symptoms, so you can treat earlier and get well sooner.

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OVERLAPPING COMMON SYMPTOMS OF THE FLU, COVID-19, RSV, AND STREP THROAT1-3

Many respiratory illnesses have different treatments but similar symptoms. Testing can help decode your symptoms.

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Experiencing symptoms?

Learn more about rapid molecular testing. 

why testing now matters

When you don’t feel well, it’s easy to describe your symptoms. What’s much harder is knowing the reason you feel sick in the first place. That’s because a sore throat, cough and runny or stuffy nose could describe multiple infections, including the common cold, the flu, Covid-19, RSV, or strep throat. And the way you treat them can differ greatly.

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Why Test For the Flu?

A rapid molecular flu test enables you to get the right treatment sooner and can help you prevent the spread of the flu to others5,6

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Why Test for COVID-19?

Taking a rapid molecular COVID-19 test can provide you confidence to go to work, attend school, and be around friends and family7-8

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Why Test for RSV?

A rapid molecular respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) test may provide you confidence in knowing the symptoms are caused by a virus that will usually run its course3,6

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Why Test for Strep Throat?

A rapid molecular strep test can help your clinician determine whether you need antibioticsby providing answers in minutes without the need for a follow-up throat culture.

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why testing now matters

When you don’t feel well, it’s easy to describe your symptoms. What’s much harder is knowing the reason you feel sick in the first place. That’s because a sore throat, cough and runny nose could describe multiple infections, including the common cold, the flu, COVID-19, RSV, or strep throat. And the way you treat them can differ greatly.

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Why Test For the Flu?

A rapid molecular flu test enables you to get the right treatment sooner and can help you prevent the spread of the flu to others5,6

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Why Test for COVID-19?

A rapid molecular COVID-19 test helps you make informed decisions about your health and your risk of spreading COVID-19 to others.7

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Why Test for RSV?

A rapid molecular respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) test may provide you confidence in knowing the symptoms are caused by a virus that will usually run its course3,6

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Why Test for Strep Throat?

A rapid molecular strep test can help your clinician determine whether you need antibiotics by providing answers in minutes without the need for a follow-up throat culture.

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Sign up for Rapid Insights, our email series on rapid molecular testing.

This program will teach you about rapid tests and how they can quickly identify illnesses like the flu, COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and strep throat. Rapid testing can help you get treated earlier and get well sooner.

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Discover ID NOW™ rapid molecular testing

ID NOWTM rapid molecular instrument provides your healthcare professional with timely results, that can inform your treatment, which may include antivirals or antibiotics, so you can get well sooner.

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FIND THE BEST TEST FOR YOU

Rapid tests are essential tools to help diagnose what’s behind your symptoms, so you can treat earlier and get well sooner. Understand the differences between rapid molecular tests and at home COVID-19 antigen self tests.

REFERENCES

  1. "Symptoms of COVID-19." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last updated February 22, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptomstesting/symptoms.html.
  2. "Flu Symptoms & Complications." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last reviewed September 21, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/symptoms.htm.
  3. "Symptoms and care of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus)." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last reviewed September 24, 2021.
  4. "Strep throat: all you need to know." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last reviewed January 12, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/groupastrep/diseases-public/strep-throat.html.
  5. Uyeki, Timothy M., et al. “Clinical Practice Guidelines by the Infectious Diseases Society of America: 2018 Update on Diagnosis, Treatment, Chemoprophylaxis, and Institutional Outbreak Management of Seasonal Influenza.” Clinical Infectious Diseases 68, no. 6 (March 15, 2019): e1-e47. https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciy866.
  6. Azar, Marwan M., Marie L. Landry. “Detection of Influenza A and B Viruses and Respiratory Syncytial Virus by Use of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA)-Waived Point-of-Care Assays: A Paradigm Shift to Molecular Tests.” Journal of Clinical Microbiology 56, no. 7 (July 2018): e00367-18. https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.00367-18. 
  7. “COVID-19 Testing: What you need to know” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last reviewed May 11, 2023 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html .