I am finding patients frequently expect an exact diagnosis of their respiratory infection, since the pandemic. Infections are most frequently viral or bacterial. Viruses are not treated with an antibiotic. Many patients tend to be looking for an antibiotic, even when it is clearly explained their illness is viral. Our society is geared toward instant answers and solutions.
People think if it isn’t COVID, it must be the flu, strep, sinusitis, pneumonia or bronchitis. It could also be one of hundreds of viruses.
There are over 200 respiratory viruses that roughly fall into six families. Children get about six different respiratory viruses a year, and adults about three. Not Google, nor your health care provider, can answer exactly what virus you may have if it is not one of those frequently diagnosed through testing.