RICHMOND, Va. — The 90-minute virus test used to detect coronaviruses in people so many times now tests around 90% accurate.
It did not detect the 1918 flu nor does it work in a patient who is infected with a second virus.
But a new piece of testing could help those who were afflicted with the World War II flu from this past summer.
“It was very upsetting to the family,” Mary Beth Cermina said about the family members, who have been nursing her at no fee ever since she was diagnosed with gastroenteritis.“She wasn’t sick when she was infectious and was in a nursing home, and she could have been in a nursing home anytime there was influenza or a pneumonia.”
Her family was put on a waiting list and she did not make it there.
Then she experienced complications due to a viral hemorrhagic fever, and that’s when Cermina was called in to find out if she had the 1918 flu.“The test hasn’t been updated,” she said. “She [Cermina] hasn’t been at all.”
Doctors at Good Samaritan Hospital of Richmond said that they believe that Cermina is the first person ever to get a viral test that is so accurate at 94%.
The flu to last more than 60 years in the United States has now been traced to New Zealand’s Maori territory.
The Influenza A (H1N1) respiratory illness is also deadlier in humans than the bird flu, killing more than 600 people in the U.S.
Public health officials are urging everyone to monitor their temperatures, get checked to make sure no viruses are in their bloodstreams, and get tested if they feel the symptoms.
In response to a question on whether there should be a vaccine, the CDC said it is recommending everyone get a flu shot.