TGA approves rapid tests that detect both influenza and COVID-19

Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. It’s hard to tell the difference between flu and COVID-19 just by looking at the symptoms alone because they have some of the same. Common symptoms that COVID-19 and flu share include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/having chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) made an exciting announcement on 7th September 2022 – they have approved the first two nasal combination self-tests (for use at home) that detect both COVID-19 and influenza viral infections in humans. Identifying the cause of symptoms not only helps individuals make decisions about appropriate medical treatment, medication, and isolation for COVID-19, but also, seek appropriate medical treatment and medication specifically tailored to treat influenza (as opposed to the ‘common cold’).

Households, businesses, and healthcare facilities will soon have access to a new rapid test that can detect both the flu and COVID-19 within minutes. 

These combination self-tests will function like the COVID-19 rapid antigen tests (RATs) we are all used to. But unlike the COVID-19 self-tests, they will also feature an additional line on the test cassette that indicates the presence of influenza A and B.

As with COVID self-tests, TGA-approved combination self-tests will be supplied with the instructions for use and also include telephone support details for users and links to online instructional videos. It’s important to remember that these self-tests are for adults and children require adult supervision when using the tests.

Stay tuned for further announcements on the availability of these combination self-tests at Heathershaw’s – in-store and online. 

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