Government Offers Free at-Home COVID Tests Ahead of Holiday Season
In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 during the upcoming holiday season, the government is providing another round of free at-home tests to Americans. This move comes at a crucial time as insurance companies are no longer required to cover the cost of COVID testing, making these free tests all the more valuable.
Typically, at-home COVID tests range in price from $12 to $24 per pack, making the government’s free tests a cost-effective option for those looking to get tested. Additionally, free testing is still available at centers within communities, and the Department of Health and Human Services is also distributing free tests to various institutions.
Ordering the free tests online is a hassle-free process, and they will be shipped for free via USPS. The tests are expected to begin shipping the week of November 27, just in time for individuals to test themselves before attending holiday gatherings.
It is important to note that while the at-home tests are rapid antigen tests that provide quick results, PCR tests are considered more accurate. However, these free antigen tests can still play a crucial role in identifying potential cases of COVID-19.
Furthermore, other programs are also offering free or low-cost testing options to ensure widespread access to COVID testing during this crucial time. With flu and RSV season approaching, testing before large holiday gatherings becomes even more important.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting tested within 1-2 days of an event, and following recommendations for repeat testing with antigen tests. Additionally, practicing social distancing, wearing masks, getting vaccinated, practicing good hygiene, and staying home if infected or displaying symptoms are all crucial steps to take in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
If you have been exposed to COVID-19 but do not have symptoms, it is recommended to wait at least 5 full days before taking a test to ensure more accurate results.
Overall, with the government offering free at-home COVID tests, individuals now have a convenient and cost-effective way to get tested in preparation for the holiday season. It is essential to prioritize testing and adhere to recommended safety measures to protect ourselves and our loved ones as we gather together during this festive time.
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