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Free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests

Every home in the U.S. can soon order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests will be completely free—there are no shipping costs and you don't need to enter a credit card number.
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NPR's guide to COVID tests: When to test, what kind to use and what your results mean [npr.org]

If you've been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should self-test. But not right away.
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The CDC recommends testing either when symptoms develop or, if you aren't showing symptoms, five to seven days after exposure. That would give enough time for the body to develop a viral load that can be detected by a test.
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cthompson79852 asked this question on 01-17-2022 at 03:59 PM
01-17-2022 at 04:15 PM
It's a myth. Example fact check: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2021/12/30/fact-check-cdcs-pcr-test-withdrawn-after-dec-31/9053100002/
01-19-2022 at 12:54 AM
Fact check is about as worthless as this test that reduced influenza by 95% last year.... they all somehow had Covid (that has about 2500 known strains.)

From CDC website
"In preparation for this change, CDC recommends clinical laboratories and testing sites that have been using the CDC 2019-nCoV RT-PCR assay select and begin their transition to another FDA-authorized COVID-19 test. CDC encourages laboratories to consider adoption of a multiplexed method that can facilitate detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses. Such assays can facilitate continued testing for both influenza and SARS-CoV-2 and can save both time and resources as we head into influenza season. Laboratories and testing sites should validate and verify their selected assay within their facility before beginning clinical testing."
petersmm asked this question on 01-17-2022 at 10:13 AM
01-17-2022 at 11:28 AM
it's a policy passed by the US government. Opinions vary, like always, but my attempted unbiased opinion is that this will cause significant insurance issues. First off, insurance companies (who i have no love for) have no coding for this, so I'm not sure how they're going to cover this or even process this in a timely fashion, which I'm certain they won't. Secondly, this will not be free. Expect your insurance premiums to noticeably increase next year to cover the cost for this. So it's no cost now, pay more than it's value later.
01-17-2022 at 08:37 PM
Hospitals are still overflowing so no, this isnt a PR stunt. Covid tests are required for unvaccinated federal workers and many more want to take a test before they travel or get together with family. People want to do the right thing but its expensive. Free tests and high quality masks are long overdue.
audioeng asked this question on 01-20-2022 at 06:02 AM
01-31-2022 at 06:20 PM
I received the iHealth rapid test. Says "made in China".
kadsura asked this question on 01-18-2022 at 08:46 AM
audioeng asked this question on 01-20-2022 at 05:58 AM

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The US federal government will be offering up to 4 free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests shipped to your home starting, Wed, Jan 19th.

Go here to order these tests: https://www.covidtests.gov/

Start date: Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

Up to 500 million tests available.
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they will also have a phone number for ordering if you prefer that way. i dont think that number is posted yet
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Good luck to that website on January 19th.
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Here come the bots and scalpers.
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Do you know if this is at EST?
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Weird that my work VPN blocks the website for malware.
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Weird that my work VPN blocks the website for malware.
Probably because the domain was created in the last 30 days. It's a very common practice to block those for malware.
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Nice. Knowing the efficiency of the federal government, I'm excited for my orders placed on January 19th to arrive sometime around Valentine's Day.
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Weird that my work VPN blocks the website for malware.
Naturally, the website is all about viruses.
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Nice. Knowing the efficiency of the federal government, I'm excited for my orders placed on January 19th to arrive sometime around Valentine's Day.
Place order on 1/19, receive on 1/21


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not free, paid by tax money
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