Social responsibility is about doing the right thing even if you aren’t mandated to. You won’t get arrested if you throw a plastic bottle in a trash bin, but most of us don’t – we take a few extra steps to the recycle bin instead, driven by a personal responsibility to contribute to climate conservation and environmental sustainability.
It’s clear that our personal choices have a significant impact on the greater scheme of things, which is perhaps no more true than when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines and COVID testing.
Unfortunately, despite the fact that federal and state governments have made vaccines widely available and have continuously encouraged people to get vaccinated with different incentives, only 57.3% of the U.S. is currently fully vaccinated (as of Oct. 2021). These discrepancies are particularly difficult to comprehend when you consider that vaccines can lower the chances of contracting the virus, and in case of infection, decrease the chances of serious illness.
Whether you’re vaccinated or not, it’s important to remember that we all need to take steps to help manage our collective lives alongside COVID-19. To do so, it’s everyone’s responsibility to COVID test themselves on a regular basis to protect them and the people around them. Together, we can halt the spread of the virus.
Testing yourself is a service to your family, your friends and your community. By COVID testing yourself on a regular basis, even if you are asymptomatic, you are limiting the extent to which the virus can spread to others.
Scale matters. Imagine for a moment, a future where everyone tested themselves on a regular basis and immediately self-isolated if they were contagious with COVID-19. Just consider some estimates, which state that regular testing every five days can lead to a 40% reduction in the number of infections – and that considers a lengthy 24-hour processing time.
By using an On/Go self-test, you can results in just 10 minutes and have peace of mind knowing whether or not you need to self-isolate. Combining frequent testing, vaccination, and appropriately timed masking is the answer to beating the COVID-19 pandemic once and for all.
This is where personal social responsibility needs to “kick in.” It’s up to every single one of us to play our part, do the right thing and join the self-testing movement.