Get Free COVID-19 Tests

Every home in the United States is now eligible to order four free at-home COVID-19 tests. Tests are completely free and are expected to ship in 7-12 days. We encourage all our members to order a set for their home. Orders are made through and delivered by the United States Postal Service.

If you need help placing an order, call 1-800-232-0233.

What type of test will arrive?

Households receive four rapid at-home antigen tests. These can be taken anywhere and give results within 30 minutes. You do not need to drop them off at a lab. The test will work whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms. 

What is the difference between a rapid antigen test and a PCR test?

Rapid antigen test look for pieces of the viral proteins that cause COVID-19. The PCR test detects the genetic material of the virus. Antigen tests work best when a person has symptoms of the virus. PCR tests are more accurate but can take longer and can show positive results for longer, even sometimes after a person is contagious. 

When should you take a rapid at-home antigen test?

 You should take a test if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, like fever, sore throat, runny nose, or loss of taste or smell. You should also take one at least five days after you have come in contact with a person who tested positive for the virus. The test is also a good tool when you are planning to be in a large group of people, especially those who are at high risk of severe disease. 
 

What to do if you test positive. 

If the at-home test shows a positive result, it found the virus present in your system. That means you very likely have COVID-19. You should then follow the CDC guidance for isolation. At this time, the CDC recommends isolating for a minimum of five days if you have symptoms or test positive for the virus, regardless of vaccination status. Then it recommends taking extra precautions for an additional five days, for a total of 10 days. The precautions include wearing a well-fitted mask and not going places where you cannot wear a mask. Click the link for more details on the isolation and guidance. 

What to do if you test negative.

If the at-home test shows a negative result, it means the test did not find the virus. In this case, you may have a lower risk of spreading COVID-19 to others. You should test again within a few days, with at least 24 hours between each test. Check the test kit instructions for next steps.

 

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