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COVID-19 testing shortages and long lines have prompted the federal government to get ahead of the many challenges of being swabbed with a new at-home testing system.
The website COVIDTests.gov is offering tests at no cost (with free shipping) for four free tests per household, WDIV reported.
President Joe Biden announced in December that the U.S. would buy 500 million at-home tests to launch the program and just last week Biden said that he would double the order to 1 billion tests, WDIV reported.
The COVID-19 test results, however, won’t be a fast turnaround like being tested in person at an urgent care or testing location.
The White House also has tests that “will typically ship within 7-12 days of ordering” through the U.S. Postal Service, according to the article.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests taking the at-home testing if having COVID-19 systems like a fever, cough, sore throat, respiratory symptoms and muscle aches, five days after a possible COVID-19 exposure, or as part of “test-to-stay protocols in schools and workplaces,” per the article.
“Certainly if you’re going to gather with family, if you’re going to a gathering where people are immunocompromised or where they’re elderly or where you have people who might be unvaccinated or poorly protected from a vaccine that might be an opportunity you want to test,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, in the article.
Order the tests here.
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