- Flu and virus seasons have become more unpredictable with the
addition of COVID-19
- The Home Edit and Abbott aim to bring peace of mind to families
when it comes to their health by organizing medicine cabinets in
time for the cold and flu season
- Rapid at-home tests remain an important health tool for
COVID-19, providing fast and reliable results
PARK, Ill., Oct. 12,
2022 /PRNewswire/ -- As we enter cold and flu season
amid continuing COVID-19 cases, Abbott (NYSE: ABT), makers of
BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Antigen Self Test, and The Home Edit, the
world's number one organizational company and a global lifestyle
brand, are partnering to redesign the medicine cabinet for today's
health needs. Together, Abbott and The Home Edit will provide
organization tips and advice on healthcare essentials to have on
hand to feel more prepared and in control this season.
As COVID-19 becomes endemic, many aspects of family life have
changed—including the types of products and medicines that families
have on hand. People are growing more accustomed to managing their
health from home, from vitamins and digital thermometers to
Pedialyte® with Immune Support for
hydration. At-home COVID-19 tests have become a necessity, as
they give results in minutes, providing peace of mind and the
ability to take action to quickly slow the spread of the virus.
"We love helping families get organized and there's no better
time of year to do it than now," said Clea Shearer and Joanna
Teplin, founders of The Home Edit. "Going through your
medicine cabinet and making sure you have health and wellness
products on hand and organized can help you feel prepared for
whatever the season brings. Essentials like BinaxNOW have
become a staple in our medicine cabinets to keep our families
protected from COVID-19."
To help families get ready for cold and flu season, Clea and
Joanna are sharing how best to organize a medicine cabinet for
preparedness and convenience, including their must-haves for
keeping a cabinet well stocked, and in their signature style, also
making it visually appealing.
- Select your space: Pick a spot based on where you
use the products, the size of the space—starting small is perfectly
fine—and if the area is climate controlled and away from children
and pets. Properly storing your wellness products is key to keeping
- Edit and group: Check expiration dates and take
inventory of what you have and need, especially as many of us have
purchased new health products during the pandemic. Consider adding
bins to group similar products.
- Create a system: Organization should balance the
least amount of effort without sacrificing efficiency. Create
designated zones that have a specific purpose and product, such as
cuts and scrapes versus sick must-have items.
- Be ready to go: Create a "sick day" grab-and-go
system or "COVID station" so you're prepared if or when symptoms
strike. It's helpful to keep essentials like COVID tests, tissues,
cold medication, pain reliever and more in one spot that is easily
accessible and moveable, if needed.
- Label to easily find: Labels add a layer of
instructions that help you find what you're looking for and guide
you where to put items away.
The big impact of small acts of
Home organization is not only good for
being prepared, but also can have surprising mental benefits as
"Many have faced mental health challenges during the pandemic
including a sense of powerlessness due to all the unknowns," said
Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., clinical
psychologist and professor at Georgetown
University. "Research has shown that organization can reduce
stress and bring back some sense of control in these types of
situations. Knowing that you have the ability to have answers and
medicines on hand when sicknesses show up will add an extra layer
of peace of mind."
Abbott has produced more than a billion BinaxNOW tests to help
communities, organizations and families have access to reliable and
quick results. The company's U.S. manufacturing facilities continue
to make tens of millions of tests per month.
"While we still have a lot to learn about COVID-19, one thing
that we know for sure is that it's not going away," says
Aparna Ahuja, M.D., head of clinical
and medical affairs, infectious diseases, Abbott. "Having
rapid tests on hand will be critical to staying safe this season by
ensuring that COVID-19 infections are diagnosed quickly, so the
appropriate measures can be taken to get well and avoid the risk of
spreading an infection."
Learn more about Abbott's BinaxNOW Self Test and tips on
organizing your health space here.
About BinaxNOW COVID-19 Tests
As the #1 COVID-19
self test in the U.S., the BinaxNOW at-home test is readily
available over-the-counter at retailers across the country and
provides results in 15 minutes. BinaxNOW is both FSA
and HSA eligible, and insurance plans may cover
up to eight over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests per covered
individual per month.
The rapid antigen test is authorized for home use using a simple
nasal swab by people with or without symptoms aged 15 years or old,
or on individuals two years or older when collected by an adult.
Each kit box contains two test cards to enable test twice over 3
days, with at least 24 (and no more than 48) hours apart.
Abbott is a global healthcare leader that
helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio
of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare,
with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical
devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 113,000
colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.
Connect with us at www.abbott.com, on LinkedIn
at www.linkedin.com/company/abbott-/, on Facebook
at www.facebook.com/Abbott and on
About The Home Edit
The Home Edit was founded in 2015 by Clea Shearer and
Joanna Teplin with the goal of reinventing traditional
organizing and merging it with design. Since then, it has grown
into a global media and organization company with a social
following of over 7 million people and organizing teams in
cities across the country. The Home Edit has become a household
name thanks to two New York Times'
bestselling books, an Emmy-nominated Netflix show, "Get Organized
with the Home Edit," and a successful line of organizational
products sold in stores in over 27 countries, including at its most
recent retail partner, Walmart. In 2022, The Home Edit was acquired
by Hello Sunshine/Candle Media.
The BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Antigen Self Test is a lateral flow
immunoassay intended for the qualitative detection of nucleocapsid
protein antigen from SARS-CoV-2 from individuals with or without
symptoms or other epidemiological reasons to suspect COVID-19
infection when tested twice over three days with at least 24 hours
(and no more than 48 hours) between tests. This test is authorized
for non-prescription home use with self-collected direct anterior
nasal (nares) swab samples from individuals aged 15 years or older
or adult collected anterior nasal (nares) swab samples from
individuals aged two years or older.
The BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 tests have not been FDA cleared or
approved. They have been authorized by the FDA under an emergency
use authorization. They have been authorized only for the detection
of proteins from SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or
pathogens, and are only authorized for the duration of the
declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization
of emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for detection and/or
diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Federal Food,
Drug and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the
declaration is terminated or authorization is revoked sooner. For
serial testing, the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Tests should be
performed twice over 3 days, at least 24 hours (and no more than 48
hours) apart. For symptomatic use, a single test can be
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