This cheap test can keep your family safe this holiday season

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The star of the holiday season.  - JAIME READ

  • The star of the holiday season.

No one wants to be the person who brought COVID-19 to the party and killed Grandma.

Lucky for us, there are many ways to avoid passing the virus on to our family and most cherished friends this holiday season.

Masks and vaccinations are the two best choices to protect yourself, but at home COVID-19 testing can go a long way to ensuring that your loved ones are protected and that your gatherings are as safe as they can be in these awkward times .

Simple, inexpensive COVID-19 tests like BinaxNOW give users fast results and great peace of mind.

The CDC says that a person with COVID-19 “is considered contagious from two days before they develop symptoms” and that symptoms can begin as late as fourteen days after exposure to the virus. This is why COVID-19 is so difficult to track and tame because people walk around with it without knowing they have it.

Everyone knows that one should not bring a hacking cough to the dinner table, but sniffles and minor fever can be difficult to measure for safety. Some people also have asymptomatic cases of COVID-19, which means they never show signs of being infected, even though they are still contagious.

Over-the-counter tests capture cases like these before they spread and result in more illness in your family home.

Sold nationwide at Walgreens, CVS, RiteAid and other major retailers, these simple nose-swab tests come in packs of two and are priced at less than $ 24. This means that each test only costs $ 12. And if you use the CVS 40% discount coupon (available regularly to people who have signed up for a free CVS CarePass account), the price for each test will be only $ 7.20.

It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind, and that’s it a steal compared to the potential cost of a hospitalization, doctor visit, time away from work or even just a bottle of some simple sick medication like Tylenol.

All it takes is just $ 7, a quick cotton swab and fifteen minutes and you can keep your whole family safe and alive this holiday season. What a wonderful gift.

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