People walk with protective face masks, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2022. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
The Biden administration is doing its part to continue the fight against the rising cases of COVID-19.NBC News reported that starting Sept. 25, people can get COVID-19 tests mailed to their homes. The Department of Health and Human Services will re-open its website for households to order up to four free tests delivered to their homes. As cases increase, people realize the tests secured during the height of the pandemic may be outdated.
“Manufacturing COVID-19 tests in the United States strengthens our preparedness for the upcoming fall and winter seasons, reduces our reliance on other countries, and provides good jobs to hardworking Americans,” O’Connell said.
“These critical investments will strengthen our nation’s production levels of domestic at-home COVID-19 rapid tests and help mitigate the spread of the virus,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said.
The first round of free tests ended in June. To check if the expiration dates have been extended, people can check on the Food and Drug Administration’s website. The new distributed tests will include instructions on how to look up extended expiration dates.
Officials have found that free home testing has been an effective way for people to check their status before engaging in large crowds or spending time with vulnerable patients, such as elderly people. If someone tests positive, at-home testing allows people to start treatments early to prevent a more serious disease.
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Source: Black Enterprise