How Lateral Flow Devices have played a pivotal role during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Over the last couple of years, we have come to appreciate the importance of home-testing in the protection of ourselves and other individuals in our communities. Lateral Flow Tests (LFD) have provided us with a simple, yet highly effective method of rapid testing from the safety and privacy of our own homes. In addition, Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs) also greatly reduce the risk of having to travel to get tested which has helped greatly reduce the spread of Covid-19 throughout the world. Covid testing at home with LFDs or PCR tests have played a pivotal role in reducing the number of cases and providing valuable data to governments across the world. Since March 2020, LFDs and PCR tests have gradually become a part of our everyday lives, becoming available and used by millions around the world.
Health testing at home, where and when did it start…
At-home testing has been around for decades with the most commonly known tests being the pregnancy test, glucose testing, blood testing for colon cancer and Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) testing. These tests have enabled the general public to conveniently and discreetly get tested and receive the results that they need faster. This testing has allowed individuals to gain valuable insights into their health and wellbeing. But did you know that there are many other biomarkers that can be tested from samples taken in the comfort of your own home, which can tell you all about your DNA, overall health, fitness and ancestry?
The different types of home testing
Prenetics and DNAfit have provided at-home DNA and genetic testing for years, providing individuals with more insight surrounding their health and general wellbeing. Our mission throughout has been to utilise genetics and technology to help you live longer, healthier and happier lives. There are many different kinds of home-testing available that can provide you with the best guidance on your diet and lifestyle, to promote your overall health and wellbeing.
DNA testing has been at the core of DNAfit from the start. Our earliest venture into DNA testing was in supporting elite athletes achieve their fitness goals and reach their full potential. Over time, the promising outcomes achieved for athletes sparked an interest and a strong appetite among the general population. Our HomeFit DNA tests provide you with the information you need to allow you to optimise your workouts, diet and lifestyle accordingly to benefit you. DNAfit home-testing will provide you with valuable insights into what types of exercise you do and don’t respond best to, how to prevent injuries that could set you back, and guidance on how to personalise your nutritional intake to meet your individual genetic needs. This has provided individuals all over the world with the ability to know and understand exactly what their body requires to be healthier and to increase their day-to-day performance.
Unlocking your DNA doesn’t just benefit your performance… It can also be a crucial tool which enables you to effectively learn about your overall health. These tests have the potential to further provide you with insights into varying health conditions you may be predisposed to according to your genetic make-up – allowing you to tailor your fitness, lifestyle and dietary requirements accordingly. Using samples processed in our own internationally accredited laboratory, Circle DNA uses advanced technology to give you a comprehensive look into your genome by providing you with results concerning your disease risk, cancer risk, physical traits, general wellbeing, diet, nutrition, ancestry and more. These easy-to-do home tests help you improve your understanding of your DNA, enabling you to start taking more control of your health and wellbeing.
It’s not just DNA that has helped people gain insights into their health and wellbeing. At-home blood testing has been a growing industry in assisting to monitor how their body is performing via vitamin levels, heart health, diabetes risk, liver function, STI testing and more. Blood testing gives you the ability to better understand your current health and what steps you could then take to improve this. Products like SnapShot allow for the easy taking of blood samples at home which is then reviewed by a doctor, providing you with data on how your body is currently performing and what lifestyle and nutritional changes you can make to improve your overall health and wellbeing.
What does the future hold for this ever-evolving industry?
The future of at-home health testing looks bright… The introduction of products like CircleHealthPod provide individuals with accurate PCR-quality lab results in about 20 minutes, all from the comfort of their own home. This highly accurate and rapid test provides its users with greater control over their health, offering peace of mind to them and their loved ones. Other innovations include at-home testing for fertility, diabetes, STDs, iron levels, different types of cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases, infectious diseases such as HIV and much more. These innovations will help millions around the world in the prevention and treatment of many diseases and conditions. The industry is continually growing and evolving which is giving everyone the opportunity to keep on top of their health, wellbeing and future from the comfort and privacy of their own home.