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How to order free rapid covid tests from the US government — again

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Autumn is here, and once again, warnings are going up about the spread of the covid-19 virus — along with the flu and RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus. To try to minimize the upsurge, the US government is once again restarting a program that was last canceled in May 2023 and is again offering free home rapid antigen tests to each US household. According to the government website, orders will start shipping the week of October 2nd.

As before, it’s extremely simple to put in your order. You will not need to submit a credit card or any other financial information.

Go to COVIDTests.gov.
Tap on the button reading Order Free At-Home Tests.
If you don’t see the button for any reason, you can go directly to the USPS site (which is where…

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