In the last few weeks, I have had several people in my close circle of friends and family find themselves needing to take a Covid-19 test after they had been in close contact with someone else who had tested positive for the virus.
What I have noticed in talking to the people close to me is that there appears to be a shortage of the rapid tests in our area and that the testing sites are suggesting that it could take as long as 72 hours to receive test results.
Delayed Results are Inconvenient
Neither of these is very convenient for someone who has been potentially exposed but is exhibiting no symptoms, yet needs proof of a negative test to return to regular daily activities like school or work.
Free Rapid Tests Now Available
Fortunately, there is now an opportunity for American homes to receive four rapid Covid-19 antigen tests at absolutely no out-of-pocket cost. Yes, you can get four at-home rapid Covid-19 tests for free.
Who Can Get Them?
The tests are available to all residential households in the United States, but there is a limit of one order per household or mailing address. Each order contains four total tests.
How Can You Get Them?
It is incredibly easy to request your four free tests. All you have to do is visit the USPS website and fill out the necessary form fields including your shipping or mailing address. You'll also notice a "shopping cart" on the site that shows the tests in the cart with a cost of $0.00 and also a shipping cost of $0.00. Even though there is no cost and no billing information is required, you do have to click the button that says "Check Out Now" to complete your order.
The USPS does advise that the test kits will ship in late January so it is not clear exactly when you can expect to receive your Covid-19 at-home rapid tests.