Consumers can order up to four free at-home tests per household, with the option to place two orders if they missed the previous round of distribution in September. While there are free testing options at community centers, some individuals prefer the convenience of at-home testing. The tests are shipped via USPS and are expected to be delivered within two to five days. It’s important to note that at-home tests are rapid antigen tests, which provide quick results but may not be as accurate as PCR tests.
As the holiday season approaches and concerns about COVID-19, flu, and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) increase, the U.S. government is offering free at-home COVID-19 tests to help families stay healthy. This initiative coincides with the time when insurance companies are no longer required to cover the costs of COVID testing, making access to free tests especially valuable for many Americans.
Research conducted by the independent organization KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) has found that at-home COVID tests typically cost between $12 and $24 per pack, averaging around $11 per test. While there are options for free testing at community centers across the country, some individuals prefer the convenience and accessibility of at-home testing.
Every U.S. household is eligible to order up to four free at-home tests starting on November 20th. For those who missed the previous round of distribution in September, it is possible to place two orders and receive up to eight tests. Ordering is straightforward and can be done online at COVIDtests.gov. The process involves providing your full name and mailing address, and the tests will be shipped for free via USPS, including to P.O. boxes. Consumers will receive an order number and email updates if they provide their email address.
Tests are expected to begin shipping during the week of November 27th. It’s important to note that the tests may display expiration dates on the box, but the FDA has extended the expiration dates for home coronavirus tests, ensuring their effectiveness.