Another free round of COVID tests are available: how to get yours

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The U.S. government is taking orders for another round of free COVID-19 tests for delivery across the country.

Beginning November 20, every household in the U.S. can place an order to receive four free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The tests can be ordered online from the federal government at

Households that ordered four free tests when they were offered in September are eligible to order four more. If you did not order tests this fall, you can place two orders for a total of eight tests.

You don't have to pay for shipping, as the tests will be delivered free of cost via the US Postal Service. And you'll never be asked for a credit card or bank account number. You only need to give a name and shipping address. If you'd like an email confirmation and delivery updates from the U.S. Postal Service, you can submit your email address.

The government is making tests available ahead of the U.S. holiday season, as travel on public transportation and indoor gatherings tend to spread infections.

Each kit contains rapid antigen tests, which can be taken at home with results within 30 minutes.

Officials say you should take an at-home test:
• If you begin having COVID-⁠19 symptoms like fever, sore throat, runny nose, or loss of taste or smell
• At least 5 days after you come into close contact with someone with COVID-⁠19
• When you're going to gather with a group of people, especially those who are at risk of severe disease or may not be up to date on their COVID-⁠19 vaccines

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