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Act fast if you want free COVID tests

With so much happening in the world, you don’t hear as much about the spread of COVID-19 anymore. That doesn’t mean it’s not still out there. It is.

Making matters worse, fake at-home tests have been flooding the market. Aside from getting ripped off, a false reading may prevent you from seeking treatment. The FDA issued a warning on a specific at-home drug test resembling an authorized kit. Tap or click here for the warning signs an at-home test is fake.

In January, the government started distributing four free at-home COVID tests for anyone who ordered them. The second round of four tests launched in March. Act fast if you haven’t requested free tests or still have some available! Free tests are being suspended Friday, Sept. 2.

How to get your eight free COVID tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order free COVID tests from the U.S. government. But according to the website, “Ordering through this program will be suspended on Friday, Sept. 2, because Congress hasn’t provided additional funding to replenish the nation’s stockpile of tests.”

The tests are free to order and ship, and you don’t need to enter any payment information. Here’s how to get yours:

  • Go to covid.gov/tests.
  • Tap or click the Order Free At-Home Tests button.
  • Fill in your contact information and shipping address.
  • You can include your email address for shipping updates, but you don’t have to.
  • Select Check Out Now, confirm the information and select Place My Order.
  • The tests will ship within 7-12 days via the United States Postal Service.

If you don’t know that you have more free tests available, just go to the site and enter your name and address. If you’ve already received the maximum amount, it will tell you. There’s no harm in checking.

The CDC has been conducting studies to monitor how vaccines work in breakthrough cases. How well do vaccines work against COVID-19 infection and death? Tap or click to explore a map that shows vaccine effectiveness.

You may want to check out the stats related to the Omicron variant, such as the number of cases and the likelihood of contracting the virus. Be careful where you get this information, as scammers have also jumped onboard. Tap or click here for tips on spotting COVID-19 phishing scams.

Keep reading

How to store a digital copy of your vaccination card on your iPhone or Android

That COVID passport app may put your privacy at risk

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, advice, or health objectives.

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