How to find a COVID-19 test at home today

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Looking for an at-home COVID-19 test? With omicron cases popping up all over the world, it can be difficult to casually catch the best possible COVID-19 test to ensure you are not infected. If you need a COVID-19 test now and can’t wait for the free trials available to all Americans starting January 15th, your options are limited.

But limited doesn’t mean non-existent, and based on our research and experience tracking tests, we’ve put together some quick tips to help you secure a test much sooner. Depending on where you live, you can even mask and go out to get one today.

Retailers with online replenishments happening frequently

If you feel like you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to order online to avoid being in a store, there are some reputable online restocking retailers with fast delivery options that you can check out. The three most frequently available based on our tracking are Walmart, Walgreens and Target.

Check local health departments

While it will be a few weeks before the Biden administration is ready to invite Americans to place an order on a new website and receive testing at home, there are many cities in the US that currently offer free testing to choose from above. To find out if your region is one of these places, just look for the local health department. Many places are posting on social media accounts dedicated to their local health agency with where and when you can get tested for yourself.

There are often rules associated with these municipal collection areas, such as how many can be collected at a time or confirmation that you live in the area, but these restrictions are usually clearly outlined by your local health department before you arrive.

Check pharmacies for local refills

Depending on where you live, many pharmacies receive weekly or even daily refills of COVID-19 tests at home. The reason you don’t see these tests often on the shelves at your local store is that many people line up at these stores before they open or when a shipping truck arrives to buy these tests right away. There’s no nice way to put it – many of the stores that offer home testing are already overwhelmed and understaffed, and can’t put things on hold for you.

If you can’t deliver the exams to your home in a timely manner, and you can’t find a free municipal replenishment, this is your best option: Some pharmacies, like Walgreens, will let you know online if there are local stores that currently have stock available. If there is not an in-store stock list for your local online pharmacy, you may need to call. If you go this route, please be patient. The people who work at your local pharmacy are doing their best and need your kindness.

The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended for medical or health advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have about a medical condition or health goals.

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