Differentiating COVID-19 patients from those with Influenza A or B (flu) is especially important during the fall and winter months. Both types of infections can have very similar symptoms, and it may not be possible in many cases to differentiate based on clinical history alone. BioReference Laboratories offers a multiplex test for flu and COVID-19 at the same time, using a single sample. This allows for more rapid diagnosis, conserves critical testing supplies, and provides surveillance for flu and COVID-19. Identifying the correct infectious agent, especially in high risk populations, will allow for early treatment and appropriate management.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), both COVID-19 and flu can have varying degrees of signs and symptoms, ranging from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe symptom. The multiplex test for flu and COVID-19 test is for patients under investigation of COVID-19 or flu and seeking evaluation of active disease infection. Please refer to the most current CDC guidelines for further information.
A patient cannot order their own tests. A doctor’s requisition or lab script is required for all testing.
Patients under investigation of COVID-19 and seeking evaluation of active disease infection will not be collected for molecular diagnostic testing via nasal-swab at BioReference Patient Service Centers. Nasal-swabbed specimens should be collected at physician offices, hospitals or other clinic settings.
Multiplex test results will typically be available within 3 days after the swab sample is received at our facility in New Jersey. However, results may not be available on the patient portal for up to 5-7 days after collection.
Your COVID-19 test results can be viewed in the BioReference Patient Portal once final. Simply click the CREATE AN ACCOUNT button and complete the registration process. Once your results are ready, you can find them by logging back in and clicking the red COVID-19 Results link at the top of the page.
If you have any questions about your results, please contact your healthcare provider.