WASHINGTON, DC (KXAN) – As of Wednesday, the White House will distribute half a billion free COVID-19 rapid tests at home to U.S. households amid the recent rise in coronavirus. This happens when President Joe Biden’s administration buys a billion tests to increase national testing capacity.
During the introductory program, people can request that four free tests be sent to their home address. Samples can be ordered online at covidtests.gov and will take between seven to 12 days to ship after an order is placed.
Based on this shipping time frame, Americans will need to place order requests before symptoms begin. Common COVID-19 symptoms include:
- Fever, chills
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle / body aches
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
Under the omicron variant, mild cases have reported cold-like symptoms that include headache, chest or back pain, and dry cough or itchy throat.
Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that individuals test if they develop COVID-19 symptoms or have come into close contact with a positive case within the past five days. Similarly, testing is recommended for people who gather indoors with people who are either high-risk or unvaccinated, according to a White House press release.
“To ensure justice and access for all Americans, the administration will also launch a call line to help those who are unable to access the site place orders and work with national and local community-based organizations to support the nation’s hardest. affected and most affected risk communities by requesting tests, ” the release read in part.
This follows the Biden administration’s previous announcement that private health insurance companies will be required to cover COVID-19 tests at home free of charge from 15 January.