New tech could help us beat the flu much sooner

Many people think they have the flu when they actually have the cold virus.
Many people think they have the flu when they actually have the cold virus. File

STUDIES have shown most adults aged over 30 catch influenza twice in a decade and most people misdiagnose a cold as being the flu.

Scientists at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation are working with international researchers to come up with a way to better diagnose the flu.

Statistics show many people think they have the flu when they actually have a cold virus.

ANSTO researchers say to be more effective in reducing the severity, anti-viral medications had to be used within 48 hours of getting symptoms. But current diagnostic methods limited this.

"What we are working towards is a platform that can be coupled to a portable electronic device to provide a rapid and accurate diagnosis of influenza," ANSTO's Bragg Institute research fellow Anton Le Brun said.

Severe strains could be identified easily using the technology coupled to a smartphone.

Topics:  cold disease flu science

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