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Website for Free At-Home COVID Tests Launches Day Early

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Americans are now able to get COVID-19 quick tests delivered directly to their homes, for no cost.

The Biden administration’s new no-cost, home-based testing program was launched today just a day ahead of schedule.

The administration has announced that 500 million tests are ready to be delivered to homes across the country. This accounts for the majority of the president’s recent commitmentto purchase 1 billion COVID-19 free at-home tests to distribute to the American public.

Senior White House officials shared details about the program during an interview on Jan. 14 phone call with reporters.

Here’s what we’ve learned thus far.

How can I get my free tests?

To purchase their quickat home tests, Americans can visit COVIDtests.gov. You can also purchase directly through the U.S. Postal Service website. After you placed your order, you’ll be sent a confirmation email that promises to send tracking information once your order has shipped.

What information is required to make an order for the tests?

All you need is your name and home postal address.

You can also provide your email address to receive emails regarding the status of your order.

What happens if someone needs assistance in arranging the tests?

According to White House officials, there will be a free phone number for anyone who needs assistance, including those who are having difficulty accessing the internet.

What tests will be available?

There are nine at-home tests accessible through FDA emergency use authorization. According to the frequently asked questions section of COVIDtests.gov , ” You won’t be able to select the brand that you order as part of this program.”

What is the average amount of time it takes to receive the test results after I have placed an order?

You can expect your test to arrive between 7 and 12 business days after you place an order.

Officials at the White House say that the program will accelerate , and the duration will likely be shorter.

How many can I order?

There is a limit to four tests per residential address.

White House officials recommend that larger families try other options for free testing like COVID-19 testing websites or your local health centre.

Is this a once in a lifetime chance?

The White House doesn’t say, however, officials did mention that if you run out of your four free tests, there are many other ways to take free at-home tests including COVID-19 test sites, pharmacies, and health centers for the community.

The free tests offered through COVIDtests.gov are in addition to the estimated 375 million at-home speed tests that are available in the U.S. this month.

When is it appropriate to conduct a quick at-home test?

The CDC and experts with other public health groups agree that Americans should think about using at-home rapid tests in the following scenarios:

  • If they begin to exhibit symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19

  • At least 5 days after close contact with someone with COVID

  • If someone is in a room with a group of individuals who are at risk of developing severe illness or are not vaccine-vaccinated

Are the results of a rapid test at home accurate?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other federal officials have confirmed through research that all tests distributed through this program can detect the Omicron variant. These agencies also confirmed that their performance is consistent with the FDA’s emergency use authorization.

Is the website designed to handle high demand?

The government claims it was able to prepare for a high demand for home rapid testing after the initial website for signing up for Affordable Care Act health insurance did not work as it was intended when it was launched.

To prepare for the launch in the near future, the U.S. Digital Service (USDS), a nonprofit founded following Healthcare.gov was launched, has joined forces with the Postal Service.

Similar to the situation during holidays similar to what happens during the holidays Postal Service has increased its staffing.

All orders in the continental United States will be shipped through first-class mail, with the shipment going to Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. territories, and military and overseas addresses sent via priority mail.

Sources

News release, White House.

United States Postal Service

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