Starting Monday, Americans can once again order up to four free COVID-19 tests online for home delivery. This opportunity is available to anyone who did not order a batch of tests in the previous round. Individuals can secure up to eight tests from covidtests.gov, with delivery provided by the U.S. Postal Service at no charge. The initiative from the U.S. government comes as the flu season begins and some areas of the country are experiencing a spike in RSV cases, making it crucial for people to be prepared for potential increases in virus transmission during the winter holiday season.
The distribution of free COVID-19 tests is happening just in time for the winter holiday season, when cases typically surge. With the U.S. Postal Service ensuring free delivery, this opportunity is designed to help people prepare for potential increases in virus transmission. Additionally, federal health officials are noting the importance of immunity from previous vaccinations and infections in helping to limit case counts, emphasizing that vaccinations are recommended for everyone age 6 months or older but their uptake has been slow.
This release of free COVID-19 tests is significant as it follows the time when insurers are no longer required to cover their cost, which means individuals typically pay around $11 out of pocket for at-home tests. Furthermore, in September the Food and Drug Administration approved updated COVID-19 vaccines targeting the XBB