Self diagnostic tests – easily accessible, affordable, private… get it done!
AKA: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of core.
Large-scale testing allows health services to quickly identify who has the disease and arrange for them to receive the care needed. Isolating known cases prevents them from coming into contact with others and slows the rate of transmission.
Effective testing programmes allow governments and health authorities to understand how prevalent the disease is and how it is evolving. Tracking positive test results helps authorities make evidence-based decisions to try to slow the spread of the disease.
Now let’s look on a personal level.
There was truly a stigma around getting tested for Covid-19 – people – almost like a leper in the 1960s. Because of limited testing and availability of healthcare workers, there were very strict limitations put on who could get tested. We also saw very quickly that Covid-19 reared its ugly head with a wide variety of symptoms. If people had no fever, they could not get tested. However, someone could use a self diagnostic test. Sadly, most people do not know these exist, or how to get one.
Self Diagnostic Tests – The answer to timely, effective containment.
Early detection of potential health hazards, infectious diseases, chronic illness is an absolute necessity to truly live a healthy lifestyle. As hard as we may try – we do not know what we can be exposed to – or what is brewing inside. Prevention is always better than cure. Monitoring aspects of our health with self diagnostic tests can ensure that any health problems are identified and be treated at an early stage. There is no train to get a doctor’s appointment, no going out in a global health pandemic. affordability, privacy, no hiring a babysitter… just like virtual health – it meets the needs of our times.
Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi, and each year millions of people globally are affected by them. These organisms spread through touch, kisses, sexual contact, coughs and sneezes and yes some can live on surfaces for a limited amount of time. So touching a surface that was touched by an infected person, can spread the organism.
Infectious diseases were associated with an economic burden of more than $120 billion in the U.S. in 2014. New bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites emerge and evolve each year. Most infectious diseases have minor complications if diagnosed and treated appropriately, early. If these biological invaders are left to conquer, they can be fatal. And obviously – the word infectious.
Certain infections are linked to a long-term increased risk of cancer:
Human papillomavirus is linked to cervical cancer.
Helicobacter pylori are linked to stomach cancer and peptic ulcers.
Hepatitis B and C are linked to liver cancer.
Self diagnostic tests are available for many potential health hazards, Covid-19, STDs, HIV, Flu, strep test… Just a few of the more unknown:
Vitamin D testing: Vitamin D deficiency can lead to a loss of bone density, a hazard for the development of osteoporosis. Vitamin D deficiency is also thought to be a danger for the development of cancer.
Nutritional Panels: Let’s us know nutrient supplies in our body. Remember even if we are eating healthy, absorption can be a problem. A wellness, nutritional panel is an excellent idea
Diabetes: We know diabetes is a global epidemic. Sadly, there are even more people with the disease, that are unaware. Diabetes is enough of a challenge unto itself, but it also puts people at a much higher risk of other diseases including heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, cancers… treating diabetes is an ongoing necessity.
Heavy metals: Heavy metal exposure is linked to hundreds of diseases including, mental health disorders, cancers, liver issues, neuro degenerative…
Our medical landscape is changing. More and more medical services are being offered virtually. Self testing allows for rapid diagnostics, early detection and better outcomes. We are always striving to improve medical care – and that necessitates affordability, accessibility, convenience, and yes privacy. Self serve, is here to stay, thankfully. Independence provides power and control over our destiny.