You can sign up to get free rapid home coronavirus test kits mailed to you!
The federal government is accepting orders now for test kits at www.covidtests.gov or https://special.usps.com/testkits. Because of expected high demand, each household can only have FOUR TESTS shipped to their residence. The kits will “typically ship within 7 - 12 days of ordering”. People will need to request the test well before they meet the guidelines for requiring them. High demand, processing and shipping needs to be considered. Actual delivery of the test kits is likely to be delayed!
It’s unclear what brand of rapid test kits you’ll receive since the packaging is different and they may use slightly different procedures. Their mechanisms of detection and effectiveness are generally the same.
Some insurance companies or Medicare Advantage Plans may cover the cost for at-home over-the-counter Covid-19 tests. Check with you insurance company for details. Tests cannot be ordered through Medicare.gov.
Take the test 5 days after exposure.
You can use self-tests, with or without symptoms, vaccinated or not
Follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions for performing the test.
A positive test means you are very likely to have an infection and should isolate for 5 days.
A negative self-test result means the test did not detect the virus, but does not rule out infection.
Wear a MASK when indoors, in a crowd, or if you have a cold
Be Fully VACCINATED