The US government has taken a significant step in increasing access to COVID-19 testing by providing free at-home testing kits to residential households. Starting on November 27, US households can order up to four individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests at no cost through the official website Covidtests.gov. This initiative aims to make testing more convenient and affordable for individuals, ultimately contributing to the ongoing battle against the pandemic.
The rapid antigen tests included in the at-home kits offer a quick and reliable way to detect the presence of the coronavirus. These tests work by identifying specific proteins on the surface of the virus and providing results within minutes. By enabling households to access these tests free of charge, the government hopes to encourage more people to test themselves regularly, especially those who may have limited access to testing facilities or face financial constraints.
Ordering the at-home testing kits is a straightforward process. US residents can visit Covidtests.gov to place their order. For those without an internet connection, an alternative option is available by calling 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to request the tests. The kits will be shipped directly to the households, ensuring convenience and ease of use.
This new initiative is an important step in the country’s efforts to control the spread of COVID-19. By increasing access to testing, individuals can quickly identify infections and take appropriate measures to prevent further transmission. Regular testing allows for early detection, minimizing the risk of unknowingly spreading the virus to others and aiding in the overall control of the pandemic.
Q: How many free at-home COVID-19 tests can US households order?
US households can order up to four individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests free of cost.
Q: When will the at-home testing kits start shipping?
The orders for at-home testing kits will start shipping on November 27, according to USPS.
Q: What if a household does not have an internet connection?
For households without internet access, they can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to request the tests.