Who is at Risk for Respiratory Pathogens?

The respiratory system is one of the essential parts of our body we cannot live without. It is a crucial anatomical system we need for gas exchange to survive. This delicate structure faces some dangerous pathogens that threaten the health of patients and their loved ones. Encouraging patients to seek help for their health problems is an essential step toward facilitating a safe and healthy community.  

What pathogens affect the respiratory system? 

Many different pathogens may impact the respiratory system of an individual. When these pathogens attack, they cause varying levels of damage that result in everything from discomfort to irreversible medical conditions. Especially in the early stages, these diseases often mimic each other. However, treatments for different respiratory illnesses may be similar; identifying the differences between them is incredibly important.  

Each disease comes with a different level of urgency and contagion. While some pose a minor discomfort to those the pathogens infect, others post threats on a global level with fatal consequences if conditions are left to escalate. Our tests at PCR-Dx include detection of the following respiratory pathogens: 

  • Adenovirus 
  • Coronavirus HKU1 
  • Coronavirus NL63 
  • Coronavirus 229E 
  • Coronavirus OC43 
  • Influenza A 
  • Influenza A/H1 
  • Influenza A/H1-2009 
  • Human Rhinovirus 
  • Enterovirus 
  • Influenza A/H3 
  • Influenza B 
  • Parainfluenza Virus 1 
  • Parainfluenza Virus 2 
  • Parainfluenza Virus 3 
  • Parainfluenza Virus 4 
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus 
  • Human Metapneumovirus 

Who is at risk for respiratory infections? 

Anyone can fall victim to a respiratory infection. However, not everyone will deal with the severe repercussions of the disease. While this is a good thing, this notion also results in many people not taking their infections seriously. People who fail to feel the disease’s extreme symptoms don’t understand the urgency of staying at home and taking precautions to limit the spread.  

The entire even of the COVID-19 was a significant example of this phenomenon. Individuals who didn’t feel the weight of symptoms continued to interact with others, sometimes even participating in huge events. These “super spreader” events only perpetuated the cycle of not being responsible and continuing to pass the disease on without regard for people’s health. 

The numbers do not lie. While many people survive the infection, a significant number of people face severe consequences (even if it is not fatal). Taking the time to educate potentially infected patients about their risk and their responsibility to their community is an important measure to limit the spread.  

Our community at PCR-Dx is here to help you learn about the services available to you. Our cutting-edge facilities and state-of-the-art equipment have everything you need for affordable and accurate results. We aim to bring you fast results during these uncertain times. You can count on us to provide reliable services you can trust and depend on. Contact us today for more information about the testing options that will work with your institution.  

About PCR-Dx Diagnostic 

At PCR-Dx Diagnostic, our mission is to provide our physician and practitioner clients and their patients with cutting-edge, all-inclusive PCR-based diagnostic services. Our goal is to enable medical professionals to make quick and accurate diseases diagnoses on their patients in line with our motto of “accurate testing and fast results.”