These viruses may rise very similar symptoms, such as fever, cough and headache. For this reason, it is essential to obtain an adequate diagnosis as soon as possible, since in the case of SARS-CoV-2, as it’s an emerging pathogen, it is vital to take containment measures and prevent its spread in the population.
The SARS-CoV-2, Influenza and RSV viruses can affect the entire population in a wide age range, although it is true that the elderly and immunocompromised people are especially at risk of developing serious diseases and complications.
Coronavirus are enveloped non-segmented positive-sense RNA viruses and belong to Coronaviridae family. Human-to-human transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 has been confirmed, even in the incubation period without symptoms. Although the pneumonia is the principal illness associated, a few patients have developed severe pneumonia, pulmonary edema, acute respiratory distress syndrome, or multiple organ failure and death. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure, being the most common fever or chills, cough, fatigue, anorexia, myalgia and dyspnea.
Influenza viruses belong to the Orthomyxoviridae family and cause the majority of viral lower respiratory tract infections. Influenza A and B are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, considering that elderly and immunocompromised individuals are especially at risk of developing severe illness and complications such as pneumonia.
Human respiratory syncytial viruses (RSV) belong to the Paramyxoviridae family and are the most important viral agents of acute respiratory infections. RSV is an enveloped, nonsegmented, negative, single stranded linear RNA genome virus. Respiratory syncytial virus is a common contributor of respiratory infections causing bronchitis, pneumonia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary infections in people of all ages.
Available test for the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2, Flu & RSV:
VIASURE Real Time PCR Detection Kits: