LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — The federal government’s website, covidtests.gov, to order your own at-home COVID-19 testing kits is live a day early and already accepting orders. The site is part of a push by President Joe Biden to get more Americans tested.
Biden made the commitment during a press briefing in December. Biden said, “We also need to do better with at-home testing. The bottom line, it’s better than what it was and we’re taking more steps to make it easier to get tested and to get tested for free.”
The president has authorized the delivery of more than 500 million at-home testing kits for free.
The idea is, if more people know their status the less likely they are to spread the virus, which is enough to make some people consider ordering their own at-home test.
Matt Adams said, “If I am ever worried about me or my family ever being around anyone who had COVID-19 I’d want to positively order those right away.”
Most people are on board with the idea of more testing.
Jason Miller added, “I feel like it’s important for everyone to consider their health and it’s good that everyone has a different plan to get their own COVID test.
But there are concerns about not having the experts do it and that those testing in private won’t make their results public.
Miller continued, “A lot of people are quiet about their COVID and health and I think more people need to be honest with those around them so they can prevent getting others sick.”
Others are afraid people will hide those results intentionally and further the spread of the virus.
Adams said, “People not caring that’s really the worst thing people choosing not to care. Workplaces asking people to come in even though they have COVID, I’ve seen things online, that’s like COVID isn’t an excuse come in, and that worries me.”
The COVID-19 test that you can order is a rapid test- not the PCR — and results are expected within 30 minutes.
Delivery will take 7-12 days and as part of the President’s order, insurance companies will now also have to reimburse patients who buy their own COVID-19 tests.