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Biden announces free COVID-19 test kits: how to order for home

Biden announces free COVID-19 test kits: how to order for home

The Biden Administration Announced On Friday, Americans will have the opportunity to order free COVID-19 tests at home from Wednesday, January 19.

The news: Families can order up to four at-home COVID-19 tests per household, according to the Biden administration.

What do home tests do: The home testing COVID-19 can “search for coronavirus antigens or proteins and return results very quickly, usually within an hour and some within minutes,” it said. ABC news.

  • “These are different from lab tests, also known as PCR tests. They are looking for viral genetic material, but it can take up to three days for the results to be returned.” ABC news reports,

How to order: You can visit COVIDTests.gov for the free tests.

  • The Biden administration said it will add a new phone number for those without internet to order the tests.
  • The tests are shipped within seven to 12 days from the day you order.

Between the lines: Due to the shipping time, most Americans will not receive the tests until the end of January, NPR reports.

The other side: Starting Saturday, Americans can get COVID-19 tests at home free through their private insurance, CNN reports. Once you get the tests from pharmacies or retailers, you can charge these costs to your insurance company and they will reimburse you.

The bigger picture: The Biden administration’s decision comes as the ommicron variety continues to rise across the country. Home tests allow people to test at home without trying to find any available test in the world.

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