Free At-Home COVID Tests Available

Free At-Home COVID Tests Available

The U.S. Government is making at-home rapid-result COVID-19 tests available upon request, for free, to every home in the U.S. The Biden-Harris Administration has purchased 500 million over-the-counter at-home tests to be distributed. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Order yours now at https://www.covidtests.gov/.

If you need a COVID test right now, or need more than four tests for your household, at-home tests are available for sale across the country. Check with your local retailers and pharmacies to see where at-home tests are available. If you do buy at-home tests, the government now requires your insurance company to reimburse you for up to eight tests per month. For more information on insurance company reimbursement, go to https://www.cms.gov/how-to-get-your-at-home-OTC-COVID-19-test-for-free.

According to the website, you should get and take an at-home COVID test if you begin having COVID-19 symptoms like fever, sore throat, runny nose, or loss of taste or smell; or at least 5 days after you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19; or when you’re going to gather with a group of people, especially those who are at risk of severe disease or may not be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines.

The COVID tests are rapid antigen tests, not PCR. You can test yourself anywhere and the tests give the results within thirty minutes (no lab drop-off required). The tests work no matter whether you have COVID-19 symptoms and no matter whether you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines.

Of course, testing is only one way of curbing the spread of COVID-19. You should also get up to date with vaccines and boosters, wear a well-fitted mask when gathering indoors, and maintain six feet of distance between people.