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pass or fail?!….the government is offering another round of free COVID tests [ 4 more ]…..
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 20, 2023 08:50AM
…..starting today…..you can get 4 more…..total of 8 if you haven’t gotten any……


U.S. to offer another round of free at-home Covid tests starting Monday

.....The Biden administration on Monday said it is offering another round of free at-home Covid tests to U.S. households ahead of the holiday season, when more people gather indoors and the virus typically spreads at higher levels.

Starting Monday, Americans can use COVIDtests.gov to request four free tests per household. Those who have not ordered any tests this fall can now place two orders for a total of eight tests, according to the website.

The administration in September allowed people to request an initial round of four free tests through the site, resuming a federal program that temporarily shut down during a political fight over Covid funding.

At-home tests are a critical tool to protect against the virus, especially now that lab PCR tests — the traditional method of detecting Covid — have become more expensive and less accessible since the government ended the public health emergency in May.

But demand for tests, along with Covid vaccines and treatments, has plummeted over the last year as cases and public concern about the virus dwindled from earlier in the pandemic......



…….4 more…….?!



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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/21/2023 06:08AM by NewtonMP2100.
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Re: pass or fail?!….the government is offering another round of free COVID tests…..
Posted by: Wags
Date: November 20, 2023 09:44AM
Good. I'm down to my last 23 tests.
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Re: pass or fail?!….the government is offering another round of free COVID tests…..
Posted by: Acer
Date: November 20, 2023 10:27AM
Buddy of mine took an old test and got a very faint line. A fresh test showed no reaction. The thought is that the old tests may be picking up antibodies from past infections or immunizations. New tests might be better calibrated to the current viral landscape.
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Re: pass or fail?!….the government is offering another round of free COVID tests…..
Posted by: PeterB
Date: November 20, 2023 02:22PM
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Acer
Buddy of mine took an old test and got a very faint line. A fresh test showed no reaction. The thought is that the old tests may be picking up antibodies from past infections or immunizations. New tests might be better calibrated to the current viral landscape.

... and there's the fact that the tests DO have expiration dates, even if the government has pushed those dates out quite a bit. I still have some of the very first tests that were offered up by the government free of charge ... they're long past their expiration dates, and even if they weren't -- I wouldn't trust them to give an accurate result. I opened up one of the boxes not too long ago, and found that the liquid contained inside one of the vials had nearly evaporated.




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Re: pass or fail?!….the government is offering another round of free COVID tests…..
Posted by: Gareth
Date: November 20, 2023 03:56PM
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PeterB
I opened up one of the boxes not too long ago, and found that the liquid contained inside one of the vials had nearly evaporated.

I've noticed this too (about half gone), which I find odd, since it seems like it's in a sealed vial (break off tab to pour into the mixing vial).
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Re: pass or fail?!….the government is offering another round of free COVID tests…..
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 20, 2023 06:06PM
Mine had mostly evaporated, too. I added a few drops of water and good to go - got a clearly positive test.



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Re: pass or fail?!….the government is offering another round of free COVID tests…..
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 20, 2023 06:20PM
Thanks!



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