CNN – Free Covid-19 testing are again available to purchase from the US government, reviving a previously suspended program. Beginning on Monday, anyone can make up to four test requests per US home via the website Covidtests.gov. If you don’t have access to the internet, you can still order test kits by calling 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).
These Covid-19 quick tests can be used by anyone, regardless of whether they are feeling symptoms. Even if the tests’ listed expiration dates have passed, they should still be good through the end of the year. These expiration dates have been extended by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Over 755 million free Covid-19 tests were formerly provided by the US government to people upon request. The program, nevertheless, had been put on hold since May. Hospitalizations for Covid-19 have been rising significantly in the US since July; current weekly admissions are more than three times higher than they were two months ago.
If a person displays symptoms that are similar to those of Covid-19, such as a sore throat, runny nose, loss of taste or smell, or a fever, it is advised to have a Covid-19 test done, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to attending major events like concerts or conferences, testing is also advised, especially for people who have not had all of their recommended vaccinations.
Furthermore, even if they are asymptomatic, people should test at least five days after coming into close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. It is advised to take another test 48 hours after the first one if the results are negative.
Through several community engagement initiatives, the Biden administration has pledged to make further testing accessible to those without insurance. People can search online for HRSA health centers, Test to Treat sites, or ICATT locations to find a program that offers free government tests.
The Biden administration’s attempts to increase vaccination message for Covid-19, the flu, and RSV, particularly for high-risk populations like seniors and small children, are in line with the reopening of the testing program.