Connect with us


How To Find Reliable COVID-19 Testing During The Omicron Surge



It can feel impossible to find a COVID self-test as omicron cases surge. There’s always the option of waiting in line for a PCR test, but it can take at least two days to get your results. 

Thankfully, there’s some hope on the horizon — the White House soon plans to produce more COVID tests and ship them to the public.

Until that day arrives, here are five tips for finding reliable COVID testing options in your city.   

Look for These Tests

When it comes to COVID tests, there are currently two available — antibody and viral. 

Antibody tests work to tell if you have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in your blood. These tests can determine if you’ve had a past COVID infection but aren’t recommended if you want to know if you are currently infected.

Viral tests can determine your infection by using a sample from your mouth or nose. Rapid viral tests are conducted in minutes and often include antigens or nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs). Some viral tests include PCR testing and must be sent to a laboratory to complete for further confirmation. 

Self-tests are examples of rapid viral tests and are great options for people who’ve been exposed to someone who has COVID or thinks they’re currently ill. There are several FDA-authorized self-tests available on the market.

  • Abbott BinaxNow Antigen Rapid Self-Test Kit 
  • Intrivo Diagnostics On/Go Antigen Self-Test
  • FlowFlex COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test
  • iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test
  • BD Veritor Digital Test Kit
  • InteliSwab Rapid Antigen Home Test Kit

Most of these options cost $25 or less.

Go to These Retailers 

Currently,  COVID self-tests are in high demand. It’s wise to check online and call local pharmacies before making plans to purchase rapid tests. Most companies limit how many they’ll sell to a customer.

Check out these retailers as you look for a self-test before you hit up your next family gathering:

  • Amazon
  • CVS
  • BestBuy
  • RiteAid
  • Sam’s Club
  • Target
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart

If you’re feeling unwell, you can use a food service delivery app like DoorDash to order a test kit and have it delivered to your home later that day.   

Check With Your Employer

Your employer may offer free testing depending on your work situation. If you suspect you have COVID, contact HR to see if your company has any rapid viral tests available. 

Some businesses have a stock of tests available for their employees and can even deliver them to your door. Others offer reimbursement options in which you purchase a test and are later compensated by your employer. 

Investigate Health Clinics and Community Centers

You might be able to find free testing opportunities at local health centers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains a directory of neighborhood health clinics that offer COVID screenings. Note these tests are PCR, so you won’t get your results instantly. However, they provide highly accurate results.

Some of these federally backed clinics offer free tests, while others provide testing based on your health insurance. Many are currently busy because of the high omicron case numbers. It might be wise to call in advance to see if you can make an appointment and avoid standing in line. 

Additionally, check your city’s website to see if it offers free COVID testing at community centers. Due to high demand, many municipalities provide testing at libraries, fire departments, or malls. You might be able to find testing centers advertised on local Facebook groups or news stations.

Some States Offer Free Testing

Currently, Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Washington offer free testing options to their residents. If you believe you’ve been exposed to COVID, you can have a rapid test delivered to your door. Simply go to your state website and enroll in the rapid-at-home program. 

At this time, test supplies are limited across the country, so you might receive a “no test available” message even though you’re successfully enrolled in the program. If you encounter this problem, check websites for other cities to see if free tests are available.  

Are More Free Tests Coming?

In late December, President Joe Biden announced his administration was poised to offer American citizens access to free rapid COVID tests. The federal government will launch a website in January to request at-home tests. 

Biden says his administration is prepared to ship as many as 500 million kits. Hopefully, the demand for in-person testing will diminish once the site goes active and people can have tests mailed to their door. 

Utilize any of these tips to find a COVID self-test. More tests are being manufactured, which will make it easier for you to check your symptoms and protect yourself and your loved ones.

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News5 mins ago

FirstBank rewards customers in Transact and Win promo

Local15 mins ago

AFCON 2021: Buhari hails Super Eagles

News19 mins ago

Abia APC women protest alleged imposition of leaders

News21 mins ago

Gbagyi community hails el-Rufai for creation of new chiefdom

News23 mins ago

1,400 persons killed by security agents in South-East under 14 months – Report

Politics35 mins ago

Fuel subsidy removal: I will clarify from relevant govt agencies —Lai Mohammed

Local37 mins ago

People beginning to respect Super Eagles again: Eguavoen

Entertainment37 mins ago

Young Nigerian Lady narrates how she graduated from Unilag with a first-class despite the health challenges she faced

News41 mins ago

1,400 persons killed by security agents in S’East under 14 months – Report

News43 mins ago

2023: Women’s group backs Osinbajo, seek Buhari’s support

News49 mins ago

Nigerian man who married a runs girl cries out after she refused to stop

Business News53 mins ago

Airtel Africa, Others Lift NGX All-Share Index Above 45,000 Points

Local59 mins ago

Nigeria subdue Guinea Bissau, advance to knockout stage

News1 hour ago

FG charges not worth defending, Kanu tells court, gets Feb date

News1 hour ago

Female IDP stabs self and dies after allegedly being raped by NGO worker in Borno

Business News1 hour ago

Investors Give Nigeria’s Orda $1.1m to Grow Services in Africa

News1 hour ago

Kano NLC mourns ex-public service council chairman, Maishanu

News1 hour ago

Reps mourn Alao-Akala, say ex-Oyo gov deserves national recognition

Local1 hour ago

Gen. Bamidele Alabi takes over Army War College

News1 hour ago

Insecurity: Police to convene retreat for senior officers

Politics22 hours ago

APC to decide my presidential ambition ― Ayade

News22 hours ago

Music producer Magix Enga claims he joined illuminati at 23

Entertainment18 hours ago

“Davido is too kind to people” – Bobrisky praises the singer as he shares encounter with him

Local13 hours ago

Court orders ICPC to pay civil servant N10 million damages for malicious prosecution

Politics13 hours ago

Lagos/Ibadan Expressway kidnappings: Evidence govts have failed in their primary duties ― Afenifere

Politics15 hours ago

Lagos acquires new two sets 10-car intra-city metropolitan trains for red line rail project

News15 hours ago

Pictorial: Sanwo-Olu inspects newly acquired speed trains

Business News15 hours ago

Senate Pass Bill to Establish National Rice Development Council

Sports20 hours ago

Steven Gerrard Is Looking To Reunite With Luis Suarez

Entertainment22 hours ago

“Never lose weight to keep a man, it takes a real man to love a fat woman” – Comedian, Lepacious Bose tells plus-size ladies

Politics15 hours ago

Defection: Gov Umahi, deputy know fate March 8

News7 hours ago

Nigeria passengers face hitches as airlines suspend US flights over 5G rollout

Business News18 hours ago

Senate Re-amends Electoral Bill, Okays Direct, Indirect, Consensus Primaries

Entertainment15 hours ago

Couple arrested for invading their child’s school with thugs to beat teacher

Sports21 hours ago

Barcelona Have Been Offered A Lengthy List Of Players To Sign Either This Month Or In The Summer

Relationship17 hours ago

Suidooster Teasers – February 2022

Politics12 hours ago

On Boko Haram insurgency, all options are open ― NIIA DG

News23 hours ago

Buhari assures Nigerians of reduction in prices of food

Politics13 hours ago

Petrol pump price not increased to N302 per litre ― Presidency

World11 hours ago

Texas synagogue jihadi ‘literally thought that Jews control the world’