Expedient to test for other common flu virus first, saving 99% CV-test negatives

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Rather than wasting scarce Covid-19 tests which are slow and costly to process, I believe it would be helpful to administer the common flu tests first which are more likely to produce a test-positive. And, I think we may have greater stock of those tests and can process them more quickly. My $0.02
 
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A positive flu test doesn't rule out the possibility of a simultaneous SARS-Cov-2 infection, as far as I know.
 
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good question. I"d like to know the answer to that. So far I haven't found any information one way or the other. Or can you have a cold and the flu at the same time? And you could still be taken out by a more common flu strain given unfavorable circumstances. Still, if such a strategy was useful in say 90-95% of cases would if be valuable?
 

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