As a trusted partner and leader in infectious disease, Roche is committed to providing innovative diagnostic tests for the management of respiratory viral infections. We are vigilant in offering reliable diagnostic solutions that differentiate between the SARS-CoV-2 and influenza A/B viruses so that healthcare providers can make informed treatment decisions and improve patient outcomes.
Characteristics of influenza and COVID-19
Influenza and COVID-19 are respiratory illnesses that are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 results from the novel coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2, while the flu is caused by influenza viruses.1 Both viruses spread between people in close contact through droplets that come from coughing, sneezing and talking. Each can be transmitted between individuals even before symptoms are noticeable. Patients can experience a range of symptoms -- from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe symptoms.