Flu season approaches! CRP and other respiratory tests are useful in transient COVID-19-testing sites
It’s good to remember that respiratory symptoms are not always of SARS-CoV2. CRP is a good indicator of severity of respiratory infections (also in COVID-19), and it can reveal more than what is clinically observed1,2. Remote consultations and lab referrals are preferred more and more because of the pandemic3-5. Thus, measuring CRP brings much needed support for correct diagnosis especially now. One of the biggest healthcare providers in Finland, Mehiläinen, has already equipped their drive-in COVID testing site with e.g., CRP and throat sampling according to a Finnish newspaper, Aamulehti6.
CRP brings added value to both negative and positive SARS-CoV2 test results: With negative result, CRP can be effectively used to rule out serious bacterial infection and assess the severity and need of antibiotics for the respiratory infection1,7,8. With positive SARS-CoV2 result, CRP tells about the severity and risk of developing severe COVID-19 infection, and measured sequentially, CRP can be used to follow the course of infection1,2,9,11. QuikRead go CRP products provide reliable first CRP result if follow-up is needed, e.g., in case of hospitalization of COVID-19 patients.
Addition to CRP, specific detection of Strep A helps to make necessary treatment decisions at the point of care. Symptoms in COVID-19 vary and can resemble other respiratory infections11. Sore throat is a common symptom and only sometimes caused by bacterium (most typically Strep A) warranting antibiotic treatment.
Flexible QuikRead go system is ideal for evaluating respiratory infections (CRP and Strep A) also in transient locations: The samples are stable in the test, portable instrument can be operated by battery, Wi-Fi connection is possible, and the results are ready within minutes. QuikRead go can help guide patient’s next steps immediately!
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