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Making travel to the USA, Canada, or New Zealand easy!

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Published on
June 15, 2022
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June 15, 2022

What are the required Covid-19 tests for travel to the USA?

If you're fully vaccinated and travelling to the USA, you need a Fit to Fly test before departure.

Travellers aged over two years old, must provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 test from a government approved healthcare provider. The test type can be a PCR, LAMP or rapid antigen test/lateral flow and must be taken no more than 1 day before departure. The test you choose must have received FDA approval.

The USA entry requirements state that all pre-departures can be taken at-home/remotely, though must be carried out via a telehealth service (video-supervision) with your government approved healthcare provider.

What if I have recently been infected with COVID-19, do I still need a test?

If you have recently recovered from a documented COVID-19 case within the last 3 months (90 days) regardless of your vaccination status, you are not required to undertake a test prior to departure and can alternatively obtain a recovery certificate from a licensed healthcare provider like us!

PeploBio provides documentation of recovery, for more information please visit our webstore or email us at info@peplobio.co.uk

Video supervised antigen test for the USA, Canada or New Zealand.

PeploBio’s antigen/lateral flow tests are FDA approved and valid for travel to the USA, Canada, or New Zealand. Order it in advance of your trip and follow the emailed set of instructions to book your video consultation. It's a supervised video-consultation so book an appointment with a friendly member of our team from 9 AM – 11 PM, 7 days a week!

They will walk you through the whole process from swabbing correctly to the safe retrieval of your certificate. Following your video-consultation, all your results will be sent to the provided email address, so please ensure it is carefully entered.  

Once you have been emailed the results, you can simply download and present your certificate when asked.

How much is your Antigen test for the USA?

PeploBio’s Supervised Lateral Flow Fit to Fly test costs £29, which includes an FDA-approved Flowflex antigen kit, delivery, and video consultation with a friendly member of our team.

Who makes your Antigen test?

We provide Flowflex™ test devices which are FDA approved, CE approved, ISO certified, and UK Government validated. You can check the FDA approval here.

When will my Covid-19 test be delivered?

If you order before 12:00 pm, we dispatch your kit on the same day free of charge via our Royal Mail Tracked 24 courier service. Our free shipping typically takes between 1-3 working days, so place your order plenty in advance!

Supplements & Nutrition
How Can Vitamin D Deficiency Impact Your Health?

After missing two summers worth of sunshine due to lockdowns and restrictions, your tan might not be the only one suffering.

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Published on
July 1, 2022
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July 1, 2022
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Vitamin D (aka. the sunshine vitamin) is produced when your skin is exposed to sunlight. With most of us being advised to stay at home during lockdown, many people will have missed out on two summers worth of sunny weather. The consequences of this could be much worse than not working on your tan.

How does Vitamin D boost your immune system and aid Covid recovery?

Vitamin D plays a vital role in the body’s immune response to respiratory illnesses, including COVID-191. Those suffering from Vitamin D deficiencies are more likely to be seriously affected and a recent study has shown that those with low Vitamin D are 2.3 times more likely to be hospitalised2,3.

Vitamin D is essential for absorbing calcium and keeping your bones, teeth and muscles healthy as well as controlling infections and reducing inflammation and cancerous growths4,5. There are Vitamin D receptors in many tissues and organs of the body, including areas of the brain responsible for mood and behaviour, suggesting a variety of other physical and mental health benefits5,6.

Vitamin D Benefits, Sources And Its Side Effects | Lybrate
Figure 1. The benefits of Vitamin D7.

Where do I get Vitamin D?

Through late March to September your daily Vitamin D intake can be absorbed via sunlight exposure in half the time it takes your skin to burn4,8. During the autumn and winter period, taking Vitamin D supplements are highly recommended as the lower levels of sunlight are not suitable for Vitamin D production4. A small portion of your Vitamin D intake comes from your diet.

Figure 2. Foods containing Vitamin D. * must be fortified with Vitamin D9.


How much Vitamin D do I need?

The Recommended Dietary Allowance for adults over 19 is 600 IU a day (upper intake level of 4,000 IU) and for adults over the age of 70 is 800 IU a day5. Too much Vitamin D can cause a build-up of calcium that can weaken bones and affect the kidneys and heart, therefore it is usually advisable to stick to a supplementation of 1,000 IU4.

How can I tell if I have a Vitamin D deficiency?

Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency can be subtle and nonspecific making it difficult to diagnose. As a result, Vitamin D deficiency is incredibly common yet most people remain unaware10.

Figure 3. Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency11.

Conclusion

Vitamin D deficiency is a global health issue, resulting in various physical and mental health conditions, that has potentially been made worse by lockdown. Vitamin D is produced via sunlight exposure during summer but must be replenished by supplementation and diet through the winter period.