By [Your Name], Assistant Contributor
U.S. households now have the opportunity to order four additional at-home COVID-19 tests for free through the government’s testing program. Starting on Monday, residents can submit an order on Covidtests.gov to receive four individual rapid antigen tests. The testing kits will begin to ship on November 27th, and even those without internet access can request tests by calling 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).
The government had previously suspended the distribution of rapid tests in May but reopened the program in September. For residents who have not placed an order since the reopening, they can now place two separate orders, which will provide a total of eight tests.
These rapid antigen tests can be taken at home and are effective even if individuals do not display symptoms. Although some of the test kits may have expired dates, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended these expiration dates. It is important to note that the tests should still work through the end of the year.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises individuals to test if they experience any COVID-19-like symptoms, such as a sore throat, runny nose, loss of smell or taste, or a fever. Testing is also recommended before attending large events, such as concerts or conferences, especially for those who may not be fully vaccinated. By testing, individuals can determine if they need antiviral treatment, which is available for both COVID-19 and the flu.
According to the CDC, hospital admissions and emergency department visits related to COVID-19 are once again on the rise. It is crucial to stay vigilant and utilize testing as a preventive measure. Additionally, seasonal flu activity is increasing in many parts of the country.
The availability of free at-home testing kits is an important step in combating the spread of COVID-19 and managing the upcoming flu season. It is essential to take advantage of these resources to protect ourselves and our communities.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. How can I order the free COVID-19 home test kits?
You can place an order on the official website, Covidtests.gov, to receive four individual rapid antigen tests.
2. Can I request the tests if I don’t have internet access?
Yes, individuals without internet access can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to place an order for the at-home tests.
3. Can these tests be used even if I don’t have symptoms?
Yes, the rapid antigen tests can be used regardless of whether or not individuals have symptoms.
4. How long will these test kits remain effective?
Although some of the test kits may show expired dates, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended their expiration dates to ensure their effectiveness through the end of the year.
5. Why is testing important for preventing the spread of COVID-19?
Testing helps identify individuals who are infected with the virus, allowing them to take the necessary precautions to prevent further transmission. It also plays a crucial role in early detection of the virus, enabling prompt treatment with antiviral medications if necessary.
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– Covidtests.gov: [link]