As of January 15, 2022, insured Americans are eligible for free at-home COVID tests. Your insurance company will determine whether the tests will be at no cost directly at the point of sale or fully reimbursable by submitting a claim with a valid receipt. The limit is eight tests per month per insured individual.
Store Home COVID Tests Properly
Free at-home COVID tests are sensitive to extreme hot or cold temperatures. This fluctuation may render a test unreliable, so knowing how to store them properly is important to their accuracy.
According to Dr. Amy Mathers, associate professor of medicine and pathology and associate director of clinical microbiology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, high temperatures may cause permanent damage to components of the reagent chemicals or to the proteins found in the tests. Tests may still be usable in colder temperatures as long as test liquids are not frozen upon use. In general, store the kits at temperatures between 35 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
Read Instructions Thoroughly Before Taking the Test
Manufacturers may have different instructions for both storing and administering the tests. Make sure to read through and follow the instructions exactly to help maintain the accuracy of test results. Of note: the range of proper temperatures to administer the test will most likely be between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.