Fast Five Quiz: Influenza During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Michael Stuart Bronze, MD


November 15, 2022

Starting in 2020, a polymerase chain reaction test capable of identifying seasonal influenza type A and B viruses and SARS-CoV-2 was made available. Both COVID-19 and influenza are mostly spread person to person in close contact. Both illnesses are spread primarily by droplets from sneezing, coughing, and talking. However, it is possible to spread infection via physical contact with surfaces or objects that have a virus on them and then touching the eyes, nose, or mouth.

Overall, healthy children are at higher risk for complications with influenza infections compared with COVID-19. However, infants and children with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for both illnesses.

Routine testing is not recommended for asymptomatic patients with COVID-19.

Learn more about COVID-19 laboratory diagnostics and testing guidance.